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This Week In Technology: DoorDash, Google, and More


DoorDash Data Breach

Meal delivery service DoorDash said there was a data breach on Thursday. In addition, information related to 4.9 million customers, delivery executives and restaurants may have been leaked. An unauthorized third-party service provider accessed the data on May 4. They also may have leaked the last four digits of payment cards for some customers and the last four digits of the bank account numbers for some delivery executives and restaurants.

In addition, the data may have also included profile information such as names, emails, delivery addresses, phone numbers. Plus, it includes the driver’s license numbers of nearly 100,000 DoorDash delivery executives. The San Francisco-based company found out about the breach earlier this month. It also said it was investigating the incident. However, the breach didn’t affect DoorDash users who had joined after April 5, 2018,

Google-iPhone Tracking Case Moves Forward

Three judges ruled that a UK court case between Google and 4 million iPhone users can go ahead. The iPhone users accused Google of collecting personal data and tracking their phones. Previously, Britain’s High Court blocked the case from proceeding. Google said in response: “The case relates to events that took place nearly a decade ago and that we addressed at the time. We believe it has no merit and should be dismissed.”

Richard Lloyd, former director of the consumer rights group Which?, said: “Today’s judgment sends a very clear message to Google and other large tech companies, ‘You are not above the law’. Google can be held to account in this country for misusing peoples’ personal data and groups of consumers can together ask the courts for redress when firms profit unlawfully from ‘repeated and widespread’ violations of our data protection rights. We will take this fight against Google all the way.”

US Online Privacy Rules Unlikely For This Year

A U.S. online privacy bill is unlikely to come before Congress this year. Currently, lawmakers disagree over issues like whether the bill should preempt state rules. This would force companies to deal with much stricter legislation in California. “This will be tremendously challenging… companies need to really focus on complying with California now because there is not going to be a life raft from a federal level,” Gary Kibel, a partner specializing in technology and privacy at law firm Davis & Gilbert.

Microneedle Sensor Aims To Cut Hospital Superbugs

A team in London has developed a sensor that constantly samples patients’ antibiotic levels. The sensor helps detect how a patient has reacted to antibiotics. Experts say the technique shows promise but needs more work to be reliable enough. “By using a simple patch on the skin of the arm, or potentially at the site of infection, it could tell us how much of a drug is being used by the body and provide us with vital medical information, in real-time,” Dr. Timothy Rawson, told the PA news wire.

People Are Weighing Whales With Drones

For a long time, the only way to weigh whales was to wait for them to wash ashore. Now, scientists are using aerial drone photography, which can accurately the body volume and mass of whales. “It is very difficult to measure a whale on a scale – I mean you have to kill it to do it and that’s exactly what we’re avoiding here,” said study researcher Fredrik Christiansen from the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in Denmark.