Conflict & Justice

NSA Leak: What's the Big Deal About Big Data?

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A new National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen under construction in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake City, Utah June 11, 2013. The Obama administration has launched an internal review to assess damage to U.S. national security from last week's leak of top-secret details of National Security Agency surveillance programs, a senior U.S. intelligence official said. REUTERS/Jimmy Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTX10JYU

The NSA is building a facility in the Utah desert to store the surveillance being collected. It's a enormous facility – more than 1.5 million square feet – for an enormous amount of data or what experts call 'big data.'

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Big data has been the catchphrase of the week since the story broke about NSA surveillance.

But what exactly is big data and what does this collection of big data mean for the future?

Anchor Marco Werman talks with author, Viktor Mayer-Schonberger. His latest book "Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think."

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