This article from Wired describes how the National Security Agency (NSA) has begun moving into Bluffdale, Utah where they have built super computers capable of storing a massive amount of data. This area is called the Utah Data Center. The Utah Data Center is designed with the sole purpose of intercepting, deciphering, analyzing, and storing massive amounts of data of communication from people around the world, meaning that the data center has records of personal phone calls, email, texts, etc. But wait there's more, the Utah Data Center does more than store an extraordinary amount of data, it can also break codes! Pieces of data from the financial, military, and political sectors would be heavily encrypted, so it would make sense for a super spy computer to have a code breaking ability to view these pieces of information. This definitely sounds like something from a James Bond movie.
Receiving, organizing, and storing data is becoming a more valuable skill to have in many fields including education. But should this type of data storage be legal? It seems that ever since 9/11, the privacy of a citizen doesn't matter. Do we have to give up so much of our private communications and information for the sake of security. The article goes into great detail about the power of this spying data center, but just because we now have the technological power to store the world's data, does that mean we must do so at the cost of privacy? With great power comes great responsibility, do you think the NSA is being responsible?