Grant Gross

Senior Editor

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for the IDG News Service, and is based in Washington, D.C.

Time is short to stop expansion of FBI hacking, senator says

ACLU lawsuit challenges U.S. computer hacking law

ACLU lawsuit challenges U.S. computer hacking law

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging a 30-year-old hacking crimes law, saying the law inhibits research about online discrimination.

Senator stalls intelligence funding bill over surveillance concerns

Senator stalls intelligence funding bill over surveillance concerns

A U.S. senator has stalled an intelligence budget bill over concerns that it would expand surveillance while limiting oversight of it.

The EU and U.S. reach data-transfer deal, report says

The EU and U.S. reach data-transfer deal, report says

The U.S. and the European Union have reached an agreement on the language of a key data transfer pact, including limits on U.S. surveillance, according to a news report.

AWS and Azure clouds gain security OK from feds

AWS and Azure clouds gain security OK from feds

Three vendors, including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, have won a key U.S. government authorization that will allow federal agencies to put highly sensitive data on the cloud-computing services.

Mobile World Congress is coming to the U.S.

Mobile World Congress is coming to the U.S.

Trade groups GSMA and CTIA are joining forces to bring a version of GSMA's popular Mobile World Congress to the U.S. in 2017.

Tech groups say FBI shouldn't be allowed to do mass hacking

Tech groups say FBI shouldn't be allowed to do mass hacking

Congress should block proposed rules changes that could give law enforcement agencies new authority to hack thousands of computers, several tech and advocacy groups said.

FCC nears vote to bring superfast 5G networks to the U.S.

FCC nears vote to bring superfast 5G networks to the U.S.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will move to open up high-frequency spectrum to not-yet-available 5G mobile services in an effort to bring the superfast wireless connections to U.S. consumers.

E-book buyers to soon get settlement payments from Apple price-fixing case

E-book buyers to soon get settlement payments from Apple price-fixing case

Some buyers of e-books will begin to receive payments Tuesday as part of a settlement in a price-fixing case against Apple.

Senate panel votes to weaken net neutrality rules

Senate panel votes to weaken net neutrality rules

It's the issue that won't die: A Senate committee has voted to weaken the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.

FBI facial recognition database falls short on privacy and accuracy, auditor says

FBI facial recognition database falls short on privacy and accuracy, auditor says

The FBI has been slow to assess the privacy risks and hasn't adequately tested the accuracy of a huge facial recognition database used by several law enforcement agencies, a government auditor said.

Net neutrality rules upheld by appeals court, but fight is not over

Net neutrality rules upheld by appeals court, but fight is not over

An appeals court has upheld the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's controversial net neutrality rules, passed in 2015.

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