Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook faces lawsuit over illegal harvesting of biometric information from Instagram users
Facebook faces lawsuit over illegal harvesting of biometric information from Instagram users
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In a new lawsuit, filed Monday in Redwood City, Facebook is accused of collecting, storing and profiting from biometric data of more than 100 million Instagram users, without explicitly asking for their consent.

According to the suit, Facebook started informing Instagram users about their biometric data being collected only at the beginning of 2020, which allegedly violated an Illinois privacy law.

Last month, the social media company offered to pay $650 million to settle a different lawsuit in which it was accused of illegally collecting biometric data through a photo-tagging tool provided to Facebook users.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Illinois declares election day a state holiday, expands vote by mail
A permanent outdoor ballot box
A permanent outdoor ballot box Credit: Joe Mabel / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed two new laws to make it easier for residents to vote. New voters will be able to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot via a modified voter registration system, and all registered voters should receive their ballot by October 6, if their VBM application is submitted by October 1.

Additionally, the state has declared election day as a state holiday, meaning Government offices will be closed on November 3, 2020.

Gym owner lets members check out equipment to train at home
Empty Gym
Empty Gym Credit: Assink

Drew Whitted, owner of Be Strong Gym in Illinois, told his members that they could pick up gym equipment free of charge so they could continue training at home during the Covid-19 shutdown. According to Whitted the members picked up equipment worth of $40,000 in under two hours with help from the gym's staff. While the stay-in-place-orders are still active, Be Strong Gym is offering online training to keep its staff employed.