The Snowden uncovered NSA massive phone spying failed to stop any terrorist attack, according to U.S. Justice - The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) broke the law by collecting metadata from citizens ' phone calls, but this system failed to stop any terrorist attacks, a court of the U.S. Court of Appeals concluded Wednesday.
This ruling, which came in the context of Appeals by four Somali citizens accused of financing terrorist groups, shows that the NSA programme was not only illegal and possibly unconstitutional, but also failed to arrest terrorist suspects.
The program, by which the U.S. security agency collected metadata from the phone calls of millions of users, was unveiled by former CIA Director Edward Snowden in 2013. In the face of the scandal, the NSA defended itself by asserting that this program had served to prevent terrorist attacks.
However, he was able to point to only one case, that of US citizen of Somali origin Basaalay Moalin, accused of financing the terrorist group al Shabaab, linked to Al Qaeda in Somalia.
However, in its ruling this Wednesday, the Court of Appeal found not only that the collection of this person's telephone metadata was illegal, but that it was irrelevant to his detention, according to Judge Marsha Berzon in its ruling.
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The court decision, which will keep Moalin in prison-he was sentenced to 18 years for financing terrorist groups-indicates that even if the NSA had not illegally obtained his phone records, this would not have changed his sentence either.
The judge also emphasizes in her ruling that the NSA broke the law by spying on the phone records of millions of U.S. citizens. "The NSA collected the telephone metadata of Moalin and millions of other Americans daily for years," the judge concluded.
The U.S. National Security Agency's phone records collection program was halted in 2015 under the USA Freedom Act, which states that companies must keep their customers ' phone metadata private, and investigators must seek judicial authorization to access it. However, the NSA program was not completely dismantled until 2018.
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LG goes beyond home electronics: so is the ThinQ Home, the connected home they have built in South Korea
The South Korean technology company LG is characterized by a wide portfolio.
Some may associate you with televisions, refrigerators or other household appliances, but the truth is that the company encompasses much more. And so he made it known this Thursday during the presentation of his news at the IFA Electronics Fair in Berlin:
"The pandemic has totally transformed our lives and the home is no exception. The era of the new normality continues to question the meaning of home in our lives, as the House must be much more than our place of residence. It is also a place of work, education, entertainment, socialization, creativity and much more, " said executive vice president and head of Business Solutions Europe, Kh Kim.
"How can one space cover all those needs and diversity?"he raised. And the answer is that the firm has presented a home: LG ThinQ Home.
This residence is located in Pangyo, South Korea, where the company is headquartered. Thus, between these walls - a basement and 3 floors-will live a family.
"But no. We will not sell homes, " said the president and CTO of LG, IP Park. Your bet is an intelligent system that connects every corner, from the solar panels on the roof, to the air conditioning, refrigerator, oven or TV.
LG wants to connect all its products and services that have a place in that space. This is an initial phase of the project, in which the company wants to "test" and "validate" that system, which it will do, in part, thanks to the family that lives there.
To do this, the home will have a central control screen with mirror design, which will do the concierge tasks, what the technology has called home Concierge. From there you can enable, disable or adjust all the options.
LG has focused all its proposals on the new normal, wanting each of them to solve the needs that have arisen during COVID-19. Thus, the company has introduced a Steam Machine for cleaning clothes that eliminates 99.9% The presence of viruses.
In addition, it has launched several robots, LG CLOi, which will be able to help doctors in hospitals or in the kitchens of restaurants. He has also shown a mask with fans, a camera to detect high temperatures and several televisions.
The Spanish Iomed closes a round of 2 million euros that will invest in its international expansion
The Spanish company Iomed, which specializes in transforming electronic medical records (HCE) into useful data, has raised 2 million euros in a round of financing led by the Adara Ventures Fund, according to the company itself.
The round is the third capital increase since the startup was founded in 2017 by Álvaro Abella, Gabriel de Maeztu and Javier de Oca; and the investment will be aimed at continuing the expansion in Spanish hospitals - already present in 27 centers— and financing the international jump to countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom.
The previous rounds of funding were 100,000 and 500,000 euros, aimed at the acquisition of talent and the purchase of technological equipment.
Easo Ventures and international funds such as Speedinvest (Austria) have also participated in the round and have been advised by the law firms Rossaud Costas Duran and Perez Llorca.
Iomed's technology is based on Natural Language Processing and Artificial intelligence that are applied to HCEs to extract data from them to accelerate clinical research.
Some of the benefits of its platform are, for example, that it reduces the time spent recruiting patients for clinical trials by 90% and improves the final results of studies.
Rocio Pillado, partner of Adara Ventures, points out in the company's statement that "with its technology, IOMED introduces a change in the rules of the game of clinical research, providing incalculable value with the acceleration of long data collection processes that usually truncate a high percentage of clinical studies".
In 2019, Iomed exceeded its targets and closed the year with a turnover of more than 400,000 euros, consolidating itself as an agent of a booming sector: the global HCE market is expected to grow from 70,000 million dollars in 2016 to 120,000 million dollars by the end of 2023, according to Market Research Future.