Civil Rights


Study Finds China Censorship Of Social Media Is Real, Pervasive

A study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University has concluded that Chinese social media sites are deleting messages with content that might be construed as controversial by the Communist Party – the first conclusive evidence that state censorship extends to social media sites like Sina Weibo, the popular micro blogging Web site that many have likened to a Chinese Twitter.

FCC to Investigate BART Wireless Blackout

The FCC is launching a probe into the August 11, 2011 decision by San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to cut-off wireless communication services in their tunnels to disrupt planned protests.


Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights have revised their list of healthcare information breaches over the past month to include 16 additional incidents, according to a GovInfoSecurity.com report.

The health care industry’s toothless tiger finally bared its teeth, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a $4.3 m fine to a Maryland health care provider for violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The action is the first monetary fine issued since the Act was passed in 1996. 

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