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A recent decision out of the federal District Court Northern District of California is big news for both Facebook and, curiously, Facebook users in the state of Illinois. A class of Illinois Facebook users was just certified.

The class action case revolves around Facebook's use of facial recognition software and the Illinois Biometric Information Protection Act (BIPA) which requires companies to get consent before obtaining and storing a person's biometric data. Facebook started using facial recognition in 2011 to help users "tag" friends in photographs. Notably, BIPA was passed in 2008.

Big tech companies have pledged not to engage in cyberwar, but isn't it a little late for that?

Facebook, the biggest name on the pledge list, was apparently an instrument of Russia in an attack on U.S. voters. The fallout may even topple the president, if another scandal doesn't get him first.

So what do you call it when 34 major companies promise to have no part of cyberwar? A good start?

Barnes & Noble Faces Renewed Data Breach Lawsuit

The year 2012 was a long, long time ago in data breach cases.

Go back to that supposedly apocalyptic year, and the biggest data breaches barely cracked 100 million. Since then, we're talking billions.

So when a lawsuit over old data breaches at 63 bookstores comes around, it's not about the size of the dog in the fight, it's about the size of the fight in the dog. In other words, how long will the plaintiffs keep fighting?

Lawyers, are you ready for your Gmail to finally get the update you wish it had years ago? The two most exciting features in this update might actually save you a couple minutes. One is something so simple that you may not have even realized you wanted it, while the other is just awesome.

Soon you will no longer have to open a separate tab to calendar something from your Gmail. In addition to this earth-shattering update, another free feature, known as Smart Replies, will be debuted. This feature allows messages to be automatically generated via machine learning, which you'll be able to send with a single click. Notably, dealing with opposing counsel may be getting a whole lot easier.

Homeland Security Tracking Social Media and 'Media Influencers'

The good news is the Department of Homeland Security is hiring. The bad news is the agency wants someone to spy on your social media.

According to reports, the DHS is compiling a database to monitor social media and traditional news sources. The agency plans to monitor 290,000 sources around the world to track "media influences."

That includes everybody -- from journalists to bloggers to commenters -- who may have a media presence. Hang on, I need to call a First Amendment lawyer.

Hospitals Open to Hacks From Brain Scans

Don't let the headlines about brain-scan hacks scare you.

It's not like hackers can get inside your head. But they can get into hospital systems through a program used in brain scans.

They can get patient data and shutdown hospital computers, like other hacks that compromised systems medicating patients intravenously. On second thought, you should be afraid -- be very afraid.

While New York City has always had to fight against having an image as a crime riddled urban center, the government has taken steps to ensure that at least the city's residents and visitors are a little bit safer online.

NYC has launched a free cybersecurity app that hopes to help residents stay protected, particularly while on mobile devices and public wifi. The app, called NYC Secure, will help alert users to online threats such as malicious websites, sketchy wifi networks, and more. However, the app does require users to take an active role in listening to the app's recommendations.

Internet Association Steps Up for Net Neutrality

When the legendary Babe Ruth stepped to the plate, crowds cheered and feared as they waited for his next home run. He hit 60 in 1927, a record that stood for 34 years.

About a century later, the world's biggest internet companies are stepping up to the plate on net neutrality. The Internet Association has filed to intervene in a lawsuit against the government's repeal of open-internet regulations.

Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other association members want to knock the government out of the park. Fans are cheering for them, but there is definitely tension in the air.

Facebook, Cambridge Fallout Spreads in Illinois With Lawsuit

Cook County, Illinois, which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016, will have its revenge.

The Democratic stronghold has sued Facebook in the ballooning analytics scandal, in which the social media giant provided user information to a Trump-affiliated political consulting firm. It is apparently the first public entity to join the cascade of lawsuits against the company since the "breach of trust," as Mark Zuckerberg described it.

So why is Cook County -- population 5 million -- suing Facebook about the 50-million-user data scandal? The short answer is: it is against the law.

Hacked Law Firm Shuts Down -- for Good

The fall of Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm caught in an international tax scandal, is the stuff of movies.

Founded 40 years ago, it became one of the largest providers of offshore services in the world. It served more than 300,000 company clients in more than 40 countries.

It started to fall apart after hackers exposed tax liabilities for its wealthy clients who hid money in offshore accounts. Then there was a government investigation. Oh wait, that was a movie.