(LONDON) ONS Integrated Data Report: Has launched the first stage of the Integrated Data Service (IDS), a cloud-based platform giving analysts and researchers greater access to data from a range of sources #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.27: Launching next spring, a public beta will open the door for accredited researchers outside of government to use the new service: The private beta version will allow a selection of government analysts to compare and combine data held by the ONS and other departments, helping to unlock the full potential of data, inform policy decisions and encourage collaboration across government…..

#AceDailyNews says according to ONS Report: Launches ‘Integrated Data Service’ (IDS) to boost government collaboration on data sharing….

The three projects selected for the private beta and will focus on some of the government’s top priorities:

  • wage growth – an ONS and HM Treasury collaboration will investigate in detail how wages change across the country, helping inform the government’s “Levelling Up” policy agenda
  • energy efficiency – working with the Valuation Office Agency to provide better information on the energy efficiency of homes around the country as part of wider work to help measure the UK’s progress towards reaching net zero by 2050
  • regional issues – a collaboration with Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy to analyse how text from local news sources across the UK can be used to understand concerns of communities around the country

DCMS Minister for State Julia Lopez said: “The Integrated Data Service is a crucial part of our National Data Strategy and will make it easier and quicker for policy makers to access robust evidence for making the decisions that can improve the lives of people across the country.

“Unlocking the power of data will boost the economy, create jobs and help us build back better from the pandemic.” 

Joanna Davinson, Executive Director at the Central Digital and Data Office, said: “The Integrated Data Service will provide the public sector with secure access to high-quality data for better research and analysis.

“This is aligned to our vision of having increased availability of data for decision-makers to ensure more data driven policies. In this way, we can enable transformation of the Government’s use of data and support the delivery of efficient public services for users.”

Alison Pritchard, Deputy National Statistician for Data Capability, said: “The Service demonstrates how data held, managed and accessed in a trusted and secure environment can benefit us all by providing essential insight on social and economic factors. I am particularly looking forward to engaging widely to explain how we are protecting the data appropriately and making sure it is put to use for the public good.”

Read more about the project and its future in today’s blog.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Oct.27: 2021:

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(WALES, U.K.) Data Privacy Report: Hundreds of footballers have threatened legal action against the data collection industry, which could change how information is handled #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.13: Led by former Cardiff City, Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade, 850 players want compensation for the trading of their performance data over the past six years.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Sports News footballers are demanding compensation over their ‘private data misuse’ and threaten legal action…..Letters before action” have been sent to 17 big firms, alleging data misuse: They also want an annual fee from the companies for any future use.

By Nick Hartley
BBC Wales NewsFootballers ‘have right to see where data goes’

Data ranges from average goals-per-game for an outfield player to height – however, Mr Slade has previously expressed concern this is sometimes wrong.

If the group pursues legal action and is successful, it could lead to a radical change of a multi-billion pound industry behind professional sport that trades on players’ information. 

Slade’s legal team said the fact players receive no payment for the unlicensed use of their data contravenes General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules that were strengthened in 2018.

Under Article 4 of the GDPR, “personal data” refers to a range or identifiable information, such as physical attributes, location data or physiological information.

BBC News understands that an initial 17 major betting, entertainment and data collection firms have been targeted, but Slade’s Global Sports Data and Technology Group has highlighted more than 150 targets it believes have misused data.

Consent issues

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade is leading the group: While receiving a fee for the use of their data might not have much impact on the high earners of the Premier League, Slade feels strongly that those lower down the pyramid, in both the men’s and women’s game, would see tangible benefits: It’s incredible where it’s used,” Slade said. “On one player, and I’m not talking about a Premier League player or even a Championship player, there was some 7,000 pieces of information on one individual player at a lower league football club: There are companies that are taking that data and processing that data without the individual consent of that player: A big part of our journey has been looking at that ecosystem and plotting out where that data starts, who’s processing it, where it finishes and that’s a real global thing: It’s making football – and all sports – aware of the implications and what needs to change.”

How widespread is data collection?

The use of data in sport is nothing new. Its collection, distribution and use has become a staple part of the modern sporting environment, be it by clubs to manage player performance, or by third party companies to base things like odds on.

If the move is successful, the implications could have far-reaching effects beyond football.

BBC News understand discussions are already underway within other professional sports to bring potential legal action regarding the trading of data.

Former Wales international Dave Edwards, one the players behind the move, said it was a chance for players to take more control of the way information about them is used.

Having seen how data has become a staple part of the modern game, he believes players rights to how information about them is used should be at the forefront of any future use.

“The more I’ve looked into it and you see how our data is used, the amount of channels its passed through, all the different organisations which use it, I feel as a player we should have a say on who is allowed to use it,” he said.

Getty ImagesThe footballers say they want compensation and an annual fee for the use of their data

“Anyone else in the world would have that say. Just because we’re footballers and we’re in the public domain that gets overlooked.

“If you were in another job, if you were a teacher or a lawyer and this sort of details was being passed around your field of work it wouldn’t sit right with that person.

“I don’t think we, as individuals really differ from that.”

The lawyer behind Global Sports Data and Technology’s action, Chris Farnell, believes it could be start of a sport-wide reshaping of how data is traded.

“This will be significant change if the precedent is set throughout football and how data is used throughout sport in general,” he said.

“It will change significantly how that data is being used and how it’s going to be rewarded.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………………..Published: Oct.13: 2021:

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(AMERICA) U.S. Census Data Report: Country’s white population declined for first time in history last decade with increases among peoplewho identify as multiracial, Hispanic and Asian driving much of the population growth between 2010 and 2020 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.14: The US has also grown more urban over the past 10 years, according to the release from the US Census Bureau: The number of people who identify as multiracial increased by 276 per cent, from 9 million in 2010 to 33.8 million in 2020.

#AceDailyNews says that ‘The Latest Data Census Report: As the country is diversifying, but the population is growing at its slowest rate since the Great Depression as the non-Hispanic white population, which remains the largest race or ethnic group, shrank by 8.6 per cent over the decade and now accounts for 57.8 per cent of the US population — the lowest share on record.


The Hispanic population grew by almost a quarter over the decade. By comparison, the non-Hispanic growth rate was 4.3 per cent: The number of respondents identifying as Asian jumped more than a third, rising to 24 million people in 2020.

People who identify as a race other than white, black, Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander — either alone or in combination with one of those races — jumped to 49.9 million people, surpassing the black population of 46.9 million people as the nation’s second-largest racial group, according to the Census Bureau.

“The US population is much more multiracial and much more racially and ethnically diverse than what we have measured in the past,” said Nicholas Jones, a Census Bureau official.

Cities growing but population growth slowing

A person looks towards a built up cityscape from atop a high hill.
The south and west of the US had more growth than the midwest and north-east.

The figures also offered new details on the country’s slowing rate of population growth, which was the lowest for any 10-year period save the Great Depression in the 1930s.

The nation’s 7.4 per cent growth rate over the decade was largely propelled by boom in the Hispanic population.

More than half of all US counties lost population from 2010 to 2020, census officials said, and almost all growth occurred in metropolitan areas.

As in recent decades, the south and west had more growth than the midwest and north-east.

New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix are the five largest US cities.

Phoenix, which grew faster than any other city in the top 10, pushed Philadelphia down to number six.

Adults made up more than three-quarters of the population in 2020, or 258.3 million people, an increase of more than 10 per cent from 2010.

However, the population of children under the age of 18 dropped 1.4 per cent, from 74.2 million in 2010 to 73.1 million in 2020.

Census critical to funding and representation

The data, which offers demographic and racial details of every community, arrived months later than originally expected after the census took longer to complete due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The release of the census data also marks the start of what will be a fierce partisan battle over redistricting, as states use the local data to begin drawing congressional and state legislative districts for the next 10 years.

States use the data to redraw district lines for the US House of Representatives after each census, based on where people now reside: US president is elected via the “Electoral College” system, but what is this system and how has it worked in the current presidential race?

In April, the bureau published state-level totals, showing that six states will gain congressional seats next year based on increased populations, as well as additional Electoral College votes starting with the 2024 presidential election.

Another seven states will lose seats next year.

Electoral analysts have said Republicans, who control more state houses than Democrats, could potentially erase the Democrats’ thin advantage in the House through redistricting alone: US Electoral College system explained

Some experts have questioned whether the census data may have undercounted certain populations, given the pandemic and the Trump administration’s unsuccessful effort to add a citizenship question to the survey: Trump drops census citizenship question

Civil rights groups said the failed attempt could nevertheless have dissuaded some immigrants from filling out census forms.

“While no data is perfect, we are confident that today’s redistricting results meet our high data quality standards,” Ron Jarmin, the bureau’s acting director, said.

Census results are also essential to determining the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding, especially for schools and hospitals.

Addtional information: ABC/wires/US Census Poll/

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.14: 2021:

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(SILICONE VALLEY, Calif.) Private Data Report: A user in a low level hacking forum on Saturday published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free online #AceSecurityDesk report

#AceSecurityReport – Apr.05: The exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India. It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and — in some cases — email addresses:

533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online: ‘Insider reviewed a sample of the leaked data and verified several records by matching known Facebook users’ phone numbers with the IDs listed in the data set. We also verified records by testing email addresses from the data set in Facebook’s password reset feature, which can be used to partially reveal a user’s phone number According a Facebook spokesperson told Insider that the data was scraped due to a vulnerability that the company patched in 2019.


  • The personal data of over 500 million Facebook users has been posted online in a low-level hacking forum.
  • The data includes phone numbers, full names, location, email address, and biographical information.
  • Security researchers warn that the data could be used by hackers to impersonate people and commit fraud.

While a couple of years old, the leaked data could provide valuable information to cybercriminals who use people’s personal information to impersonate them or scam them into handing over login credentials, according to Alon Gal, CTO of cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, who first discovered the entire trough of leaked data online on Saturday.

“A database of that size containing the private information such as phone numbers of a lot of Facebook’s users would certainly lead to bad actors taking advantage of the data to perform social engineering attacks [or] hacking attempts,” Gal told Insider.

Gal first discovered the leaked data in January when a user in the same hacking forum advertised an automated bot that could provide phone numbers for hundreds of millions of Facebook users in exchange for a price. Motherboard reported on that bot’s existence at the time and verified that the data was legitimate.

Now, the entire dataset has been posted on the hacking forum for free, making it widely available to anyone with rudimentary data skills.

—Alon Gal (Under the Breach) (@UnderTheBreach) April 3, 2021

Insider attempted to reach the leaker through messaging app Telegram but did not get a response.

This is not the first time that a huge number of Facebook users’ phone numbers have been found exposed online. The vulnerability that was uncovered in 2019 allowed millions of people’s phone numbers to be scraped from Facebook’s servers in violation of its terms of service. Facebook said that vulnerability was patched in August 2019. 

Facebook previously vowed to crack down on mass data-scraping after Cambridge Analytica scraped the data of 80 million users in violation of Facebook’s terms of service to target voters with political ads in the 2016 election.

Gal said that, from a security standpoint, there’s not much Facebook can do to help users affected by the breach since their data is already out in the open — but he added that Facebook could notify users so they could remain vigilant for possible phishing schemes or fraud using their personal data.

“Individuals signing up to a reputable company like Facebook are trusting them with their data and Facebook [is] supposed to treat the data with utmost respect,” Gal said. “Users having their personal information leaked is a huge breach of trust and should be handled accordingly.”

#AceSecurityDesk report ……….Published: Apr.05: 2021:

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(SILICONE VALLEY, Calif.) Google Privacy Report: If you’ve ever been curious about what secrets they know about you, here’s your chance to find out: Here’s a quick way to see first-hand #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.29: Imagine for a minute your entire search history was open for everyone to see. That’s a scary thought, right?

How to see everything Google tracks about you and erase it: Here’s what secrets Google knows about you and embarrassing queries aside, there are certain things you should never search using Google for an entirely different reason. It can totally open you up to scams and malware. Tap or click for seven risky search terms to avoid.

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Fox News Flash top headlines for March 27

And then there are things you’d rather not have accessible to the world. Here’s how to remove your home from Google Street View.

Prepared to be shocked

First, make sure you’re signed in to your Google account. If you’re using Chrome and see your photo or initial in the top right corner, you’re good to go. Otherwise, go to myaccount.google.com and sign in.

Next, open a new browser tab and search for the term “Google ad settings.”

Click the first result that pops up. This brings you to your ad personalization page. It displays a long list of what Google “knows” about you and topics the company thinks you are most interested in.

You’ll likely see dozens of results. A quick search may show that you are obsessed with the Royal family or even something more obscure like school supplies.

Google’s assumptions aren’t always right. Take my results. Google thinks I don’t have children, male and like heavy metal music. But amid those three strike-outs, Google nailed it with tech, jets, and tea.

Stop ad personalization with a click

Now that the fun (or unsettling) part is over, time to get to work. These private details are compiled from all the searches you’ve done, links you’ve clicked, YouTube videos you’ve watched, articles you’ve read, and more.

Maybe you scanned through your list and were glad to see just how off Google was when it comes to your interests. Or maybe they were a little too on the money for comfort.

You can switch off the ad personalization settings at the top of your Google ad settings page with one easy click. Be sure to click Advanced to expand another box. Here you can allow or prevent Google from using data from “websites and apps that partner with Google” to personalize further what you see across the web.

You can also find out more about why specific details have ended up on your profile.

Click on an interest or demographic to get a pop-up that gives you a bit more information about why it’s part of your profile. Choose “turn off” to delete this demographic entirely, removing the tag from your profile.

 Erasing your data

If you toggled ad personalization off, don’t expect to stop seeing ads. It also doesn’t mean you have wiped your data from Google’s databases entirely.

To do that, you need to dive deeper into your Google account settings. We’ve got a step-by-step guide showing you how to erase everything you can.

The first step, of course, is clearing your search history and activity:

  • Go to myaccount.google.com and log in. Click Manage your Google Account.
  • Click on Manage your data & personalization, located under Privacy & Personalization.
  • Under the Activity controls panel, you will see checkmarks next toWeb & App activity tracking, Location History, and YouTube History. Click each one to adjust your settings. You can toggle them off to stop further tracking.
  • Below Activity controls, click on My Activity under Activity and timeline.
  • On the menu that appears in the left sidebar, click Delete activity by. Select how far back you would like to delete your history in the pop-up menu. Click Delete to confirm.

Ace Related News: Sick of being tracked? Use these Google alternatives for search, mail, and more.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Mar.29: 2021:

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#AceNewsServices – Featured Post: Jan.03: Twitter’s mobile advertising arm enables its clients to use a hidden, ‘ undeletable ‘ tracking number created by Verizon to track user behaviour on smartphones and tablets:

' Verizon Tracking Code being used by Twitter Advertisers '

‘ Verizon Tracking Code being used by Twitter Advertisers ‘

By Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson
ProPublica, Oct. 30, 2014, 10:59 a.m.

Twitter is using a newly discovered hidden code that the telecom carriers are adding to every page you visit – and it’s very hard to opt out.

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Wired and Forbes reported earlier this week that the two largest cellphone carriers in the United States, Verizon and AT&T, are adding the tracking number to their subscribers’ Internet activity, even when users opt out.The data can be used by any site – even those with no relationship to the telecoms — to build a dossier about a person’s behaviour on mobile devices – including which apps they use, what sites they visit and for how long.MoPub, acquired by Twitter in 2013, bills itself as the “world’s largest mobile ad exchange.” It uses Verizon’s tag to track and target cellphone users for ads, according to instructions for software developers posted on its website.

Twitter Declined to Comment:  

AT&T said that its actions are part of a test. Verizon says it doesn’t sell information about the demographics of people who have opted out.This controversial type of tracking, known in industry jargon as header enrichment, is the latest step in the mobile industry’s quest to track users on their devices. Google has proposed a new standard for Internet services that, among other things, would prevent header enrichment.

People using apps on tablets and smartphones present a challenge for companies that want to track behavior so they can target ads. Unlike on desktop computers, where users tend to connect to sites using a single Web browser that can be easily tracked by “cookies,” users on smartphones and tablets use many different apps that do not share information with each other.

For a while, ad trackers solved this problem by using a number that was built into each smartphone by Apple and Google. But under pressure from privacy critics, both companies took steps to secure these Device IDs, and began allowing their users to delete them, in the same way they could delete cookies in their desktop Web browser.

So the search for a better way to track mobile users continued. In 2010, two European telecom engineers proposed an Internet standard for telecom companies to track their users with a new kind of unique identifier. The proposal was eventually adopted as a standard by an industry group called the Open Mobile Alliance.

Telecoms began racing to find ways to use the new identifier. Telecom equipment makers such as Cisco and Juniper began offering systems that allow the identifiers to be injected into mobile traffic.

In the spring of 2012, AT&T applied for a patent for a method of inserting a “shortlived subscriber identifier” into Web traffic of its mobile subscribers and Verizon applied for a patent for inserting a “unique identification header” into its subscriber’s traffic.  The Verizon patent claims this header is specifically meant to “provide content that is targeted to a subscriber.”

Inserting the identifiers requires the telecom carrier to modify the information that flows out of a user’s phone. AT&T’s patent acknowledges that it would be impossible to insert the identifier into web traffic if it were encrypted using HTTPS, but offers an easy solution – to instruct web servers to force phones to use an unencrypted connection.

In the fall of 2012, Verizon notified users that it would begin selling “aggregating customer data that has already been de-identified” — such as Web-browsing history and location — and offered users an opt-out. In 2013,AT&T launched its version — a plan to offer “anonymous AT&T data” to allow advertiser to “deliver the most relevant messages to consumers.” The company also updated its privacy policy to offer an opt-out.

AT&T’s program eventually shut down. Company spokesman Mark Siegel said that AT&T is currently inserting the identifiers as part of a “test” for a possible future “relevant advertising” service. “We are considering such a program, and any program we would offer would maintain our fundamental commitment to customer privacy,” he said. He added that the identifier changes every 24 hours.

It’s not clear how much of a hurdle changing the identifier would present to a targeting company that was assembling a dossier of a user’s behavior.

Meanwhile, Verizon’s service – Precision Market Insights – has become popular among ad tracking companies that specialize in building profiles’ of user behavior and creating customized ads for those users. Companies that buy the Verizon service can ask Verizon for additional information about the people whose unique identifiers they observe.

“What we’re excited about is the carrier level ID, a higher-level recognition point that lets us track with certainty when a user, who is connected to a given carrier, moves from an app to a mobile Web landing page,” an executive from an ad tracking company Run told an industry trade publication.

And in a promotional video for Verizon’s service, ad executive Chris Smith at Turn, touted “the accuracy of the data,” that the company receives from Verizon.

But advertisers who don’t pay Verizon for additional information still receive the identifier. A Verizon spokeswoman said, “We do not provide any data related to the [unique identifier] without customer consent and we change the [unique identifier] on a regular basis to prevent third parties from building profiles against it.” She declined to say how often Verizon changes the identifier.

The use of carrier-level identifiers appears to be becoming standard. Vodafone, a British telecom, says it inserts a similar identifier into some mobile traffic. A Vodafone spokesman said “Header enrichment is not our default operation and we do not routinely share information with the websites our customers visit.”

However, ProPublica found a handful of Vodafone identifiers in its logs of website visitors. That review also showed more than two thirds of AT&T and Verizon visitors to ProPublica’s website contained mobile identifiers.

And there appears to be no way to opt out. Last week, security engineer Kenn White noticed an Ad Age news article about Verizon’s mobile marketing program and set up a test server to see if he was being tracked.  He had opted out years ago, but he noticed a strange identifier in the web traffic from his phone.

His tweets sparked a flurry of discussion of Verizon’s actions on the Hacker News discussion board, and articles in the technology press.

Software engineer Dan Schmads, an AT&T user, also tried to opt out. He found that he needed to visit four different webpages to opt out, including one web page not even on AT&T’s domain: But he continues to see the AT&T identifier in his mobile traffic.

AT&T’s Siegel told ProPublica that he appreciated the feedback on the difficulty of opting out and that the company plans to streamline the process before launching its service.

“Before we do any new program, we’ll give customers the opportunity to reset their mobile ID at any time,” he said. “It would be like clearing cookies.”

Google has proposed a new Internet protocol called SPDY that would prevent these types of header injections – much to the dismay of many telecom companies who are lobbying against it. In May, a Verizon executive made a presentation describing how Google’s proposal could “limit value-add services that are based on access to header” information.


#advertisers, #data, #mobile, #tracking


#AceNewsServices – LOUISIANA – Dec.01 – Early voting did not bring good news for Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D) hopes of surviving her Dec. 6 runoff against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) The Hill reported. 

According to data released by the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office, the number of Republicans in the early voting period for the run off increased from early voting ahead of the Nov. 4 jungle primary.

Meanwhile the number of Democrats fell by nearly 18 percent and the number of black voters also sharply decreased.


#black-voters, #data, #runoff, #voting


#AceWorldNews – WEST AFRICA – Nov.30 – Almost 7,000 people have died from the Ebola virus in West Africa, according to new data released from the World Health Organization, AFP reported.

According to the UN health agency, of the 16,169 people infected with the deadly virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, 6,928 have perished.

The latest figures are about 1,200 more deaths than reported on Wednesday, which AFP attributed to possible “unreported cases.”


#data, #died, #health, #perished, #un


#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES – Nov.10 – The US Postal Service says employees’ personal data, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised. Dow Jones reported the total number of staff potentially affected at more than 500,000 CNBC reported.   

In a statement Monday, the USPS said the FBI was leading an investigation. It also said customer credit card data did not appear to be at risk.

“The intrusion is limited in scope and all operations of the Postal Service are functioning normally,” the statement said. “Postal Service transactional revenue systems in post offices as well as on usps.com where customers pay for services with credit and debit cards have not been affected by this incident.”

Customers who contacted the postal service customer care center with an inquiry via telephone or e-mail between Jan. 1, 2014, and Aug. 16, 2014 are also at risk.

The intrusion compromised names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and other information for those customers who may have provided this information, according to the statement.

“At this time, we do not believe that potentially affected customers need to take any action as a result of this incident,” USPS said.


#cards, #credit, #data, #debit, #personal

' US Government Threaten Yahoo with Fines of $250,000 for Refusal to Provide Data Under Prism'

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – September 16 -The U.S. government threatened Yahoo with daily fines of $250,000 for refusing to hand over user data as part of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, Yahoo said Thursday and USA today reported. 


The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review released more than 1,500 pages of previously secret documents related to Yahoo’s 2007 challenge to the government’s demand for data, the company’s general counsel Ron Bell said on Yahoo’s Tumblr page.

No documents were available immediately, but Yahoo is in the process of making them all public, he said.


#data, #prism, #tumblr, #yahoo

WASHINGTON: ‘ NSA Legal Authority to Collect American Phone-Records Expires – Next ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 Today the National Security Agency’s (NSA) legal authority for collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is scheduled to expire.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has a bill to end that program, but it could take weeks for him to convince Senate leaders to put this bill on the calendar.

In the meantime, the Obama administration is likely to ask for a secretive federal surveillance court to renew the agency’s powers.


#americans, #data, #national-security-agencynsa, #phone-records, #united-states, #washington

` China’s all ` Seeing Eye’s and ` Satellite Network ‘ can ` Globally Monitor ‘ and they are planning new Ground Stations ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – April 01 – (RT) – To compensate the frustration over the endless search for missing the Malaysian airliner, Chinese scientists have doubled efforts to promote their project of a huge satellites network, which will enable Beijing to monitor the whole world.

As the mission to find the passenger jet MH370 which disappeared off the radars on March 8 with 239 people on board, 153 of them Chinese, is yet to yield to any substantial result, the space surveillance net project is gaining strong backing from key government officials in Beijing, the South China Morning Post reports.

China currently has satellites in the orbit but they largely focus on its region and surrounding area. The exact number of them is a state secret.

“If we had a global monitoring network today, we would not be searching in the dark. We would have a much greater chance to find the plane and trace it to its final position. The plan is being drafted to expand our regional monitoring capability,” Professor Chi Tianhe, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of remote Sensing and Digital Earth, told the (SCMP) http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1460652/china-mulls-global-satellite-surveillance-after-flight-370-riddle

Professor Zhao Chaofang, an oceanographer at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, also said that China needs to develop more ground stations, to ease and speed up sending data back to earth.

“Many Chinese satellites can only offload their data when they are flying over China, so the data we receive is sometimes only a fraction of the amount collected by the satellites.

To build up a global monitoring network as efficient as that of the US, our ground stations overseas must be expanded as well,” he said.


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