Discuss: Usefulness of NSA Meta-Data Program

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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that a former National Security official has said that the NSA meta-data collection program is useless. Discuss here if you think the program has any value in fighting terrorism, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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March 3, 2014 at 09:12:47
Meta-data by itself is pretty useless, it can't even claim to be a piece in the jig saw that makes up the whole picture.

But what it can do is to give some indication of where to start looking for the missing pieces.of the jig-saw. In that respect it can be very useful.

Meta-data can be the first link in a long chain that leads to what it is you are looking for.

As Donald Rumsfeld not so eloquently put it. It is the unknown unknowns that are the hard part. Metadata seeks to turn the unknown unknowns into known unknowns.


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March 3, 2014 at 12:08:49
Meta-data is more usefull, than content of, e. g. of emails or phone calls itself.

Meta-data provides the relationship of communications, movements, persons you contact, a.s.o.

In a real short time, with meta-data, you can isolate all your friends, your hobbies, your interrest, where you works and when, a.s.o.

It's not only your meta-data.
In conjunction with the meta-data of your coworkers, meta-data google and/or amazon collects, a. s. o. it's quite easy, to get a detailed profile of you and your environment.

And even that is, what politicians keep quiet of.

One must not underestimate the power of meta-data.

EDIT: Sorry my mobile phone made the posting on it's own way.

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