Looking Up Symptoms Online? These Companies are Tracking You.

Health data is some of the most private data you have. That a data reveals a lot about you. There’s a reason that we have laws like HIPAA—unfortunately those don’t apply here,” Quintin said. HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and it forces the government and doctors to keep patient medical records secure and confidential. It has no jurisdiction over search engine companies or data brokers who sap data “volunteered” by users.”

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Lenovo Shipping PC’s with Adware and Root Certificate

It is bad enough when PC manufacturers add all kinds of crapware on a PC to make money as these programs tend to slow down the PC quite a bit as many of them come installed on it and may run on system start as well.

It takes time and effort to remove those. What Lenovo did however is a whole new level. Not only did it install Superfish on systems with injects advertisement when users browse the Internet, that freaking thing did install a root certificate on the system as well sharing its private key which makes your system vulnerable to man in the middle attacks. [Read more…]

Devoxx4Kids: STEMing the kids at an early age

Devoxx4Kids USA wants to get kids excited about technology with the hope that many of them will become producers of technology in future. We are a non-profit and 501(c)(3) registered organization which conducts a variety of hands-on workshops where children build computer games, program robots, build circuits, program micro-controllers etc. and have fun. We want them to experience and then explore technology. This session will share how Devoxx4Kids is engaging kids at an early age and teaching them computing concepts using Scratch, Greenfoot, Minecraft, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, NAO, Tynker. We will share a path that can be followed by adults to keep kids in their vicinity engaged and build, instead of just play, games. You will learn best practices to organize similar workshops in your local setting and hear tips on opening a local US chapter and how to help the organization.

arun-gupta-200x200Arun Gupta is Director of Developer Advocacy at Red Hat and focuses on JBoss Middleware. As a founding member of the Java EE team at Sun Microsystems, he spread the love for technology all around the world. At Oracle, he led a cross-functional team to drive the global launch of the Java EE 7 platform through strategy, planning, and execution of content, marketing campaigns, and program. He is a prolific blogger since 2005 and have authored 1500+ blogs on technology. Arun has extensive speaking experience in ~40 countries on myriad topics and is a JavaOne Rockstar. He also founded the Devoxx4Kids chapter in the USA and continues to promoting technology education amongst kids. An author of a best-selling book, an avid runner, a globe trotter, a Java Champion, JUG leader, he is easily accessible at @arungupta.

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Arun Gupta will discuss the devoxx4kids program at the SPAUG General Meeting. See the Events Calendar for details.