The Daily Populous

Saturday April 4th, 2020 morning edition

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Two children from Illinois are suing Google for allegedly collecting biometric data, including face scans, of millions of students through the search giant's software tools for classrooms.

The children, known only as H.K. and J.C. in the complaint, are suing through their father, Clinton Farwell.

The data collection would likely violate Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, which regulates facial recognition, fingerprinting and other biometric technologies in the state.

On Thursday, Google announced a partnership with California Gov. Gavin Newsom to donate 4,000 Chromebooks to students across the state.

In February, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas sued Google for allegedly violating COPPA through its educational platforms.

The lawsuit accused Google of collecting information on students' locations, their passwords, what websites they've visited, what they've searched for on Google and YouTube, their contact lists and voice recordings.

In response, the video site made major changes to how it treats kids videos, including limiting the data it collects from those views. »

3M says White House asked it stop sending U.S.-made masks to Canada

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The Trump Administration has asked 3M Co. to stop sending U.S.-made N95 respirator masks to Canada, the company said Friday.

“The Administration also requested that 3M cease exporting respirators that we currently manufacture in the United States to the Canadian and Latin American markets.

There are, however, significant humanitarian implications of ceasing respirator supplies to healthcare workers in Canada and Latin America, where we are a critical supplier of respirators.”. »

Disney Pulls 'Artemis Fowl' From Theaters, Will Debut on Disney+

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Disney has pulled its upcoming adaption of “Artemis Fowl” from its theatrical release and will now debut the movie exclusively on its Disney+ streaming service.

It is unclear when the film will become available on Disney+, but it will be sometime in the summer.

On Friday, Disney also set new dates for several other films, including “Mulan,” “Jungle Cruise” and “Black Widow.” »

US blocks medical aid to Cuba in show of ‘wild west brutality’

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Washington was accused of acting with “Wild West brutality,” using the Covid-19 outbreak as an opportunity to “strangle the Cuban Revolution.”.

The supplies were destined for 24 countries in the region including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Peru.

Sign the petition calling for the US blockade of Cuba to be lifted here »