Grant Gross

Senior Editor

Grant Gross edits and assigns stories and writes about technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for the IDG News Service. He is based outside of Washington, D.C.

U.S. lawmakers question police use of facial recognition tech

U.S. lawmakers question police use of facial recognition tech

U.S. lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to limit the FBI's and other law enforcement use of facial recognition technology after concerns about the mass collection of photographs in police databases.

FBI confirms probe of Russian hack of U.S. election, possible Trump involvement

FBI confirms probe of Russian hack of U.S. election, possible Trump involvement

The FBI is actively investigating Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible cooperation from President Donald Trump's campaign, agency director James Comey confirmed.

The NSA's foreign surveillance: 5 things to know

The NSA's foreign surveillance: 5 things to know

A contentious piece of U.S. law giving the National Security Agency broad authority to spy on people overseas expires at the end of the year.

Mayer to quit as CEO of new holding company after Yahoo sale to Verizon

Mayer to quit as CEO of new holding company after Yahoo sale to Verizon

Marissa Mayer will step down as CEO from the remaining holding company after Yahoo sells its operating business to Verizon Communications, according to a regulatory document.

Assange: CIA had lost control of its cyberweapon documents

Assange: CIA had lost control of its cyberweapon documents

Information about purported CIA cyberattacks was "passed around" among members of the U.S. intelligence community and contractors before it was published by WikiLeaks this week, Julian Assange says.

Senators push FCC to keep its net neutrality rules

Senators push FCC to keep its net neutrality rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should reverse course and keep the net neutrality rules it passed just two years ago, several Democratic senators said Wednesday.

WikiLeaks' CIA document dump shows agency can compromise Android, TVs

WikiLeaks' CIA document dump shows agency can compromise Android, TVs

WikiLeaks has released more than 8,700 documents it says come from the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence, with the documents saying the agency had 24 "weaponized" zero-day exploits for the Android operating system as of 2016.

 HPE refocuses tech services group on cloud, big data

HPE refocuses tech services group on cloud, big data

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has revamped its technology services unit to focus on helping customers adopt emerging technologies, including cloud computing, the internet of things and big data.

U.S. surveillance law may see no new protections for foreign targets

U.S. surveillance law may see no new protections for foreign targets

Any reform of a controversial U.S. law allowing the National Security Agency to spy on people overseas will likely focus on its impact on U.S. residents, without curbing its use elsewhere.

New FCC chairman: Net neutrality rules were a 'mistake'

New FCC chairman: Net neutrality rules were a 'mistake'

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules passed two years ago were a "mistake" that caused uncertainty for the broadband industry, the agency's new chairman said.

FCC puts the brakes on ISP privacy rules it passed in October

FCC puts the brakes on ISP privacy rules it passed in October

The new chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will seek a stay on privacy rules for broadband providers that the agency just passed in October.

FCC reverses net neutrality ISP transparency rules

FCC reverses net neutrality ISP transparency rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to roll back some net neutrality regulations that require broadband providers to inform customers of their network management practices.

What to expect from the Trump administration on cybersecurity

What to expect from the Trump administration on cybersecurity

Look for the Trump administration to push for increased cybersecurity spending in government, but also for increased digital surveillance and encryption workarounds.

Verizon knocks $350M from Yahoo deal after breaches

Verizon knocks $350M from Yahoo deal after breaches

Verizon Communications will pay $350 million less for Yahoo after two major data breaches reported by the struggling internet pioneer.

 Tech groups gear up for a big FISA surveillance fight

Tech groups gear up for a big FISA surveillance fight

A controversial provision in U.S. law that gives the National Security Agency broad authority to spy on people overseas expires at the end of the year, and six major tech trade groups are gearing up for a fight over an extension.

Yahoo warns users of account breaches related to recent attacks

Yahoo warns users of account breaches related to recent attacks

Yahoo has begun warning individual users that their accounts may have been compromised in a massive data breach it reported late last year.

Democratic senators push to save net neutrality rules under Trump

Democratic senators push to save net neutrality rules under Trump

Democratic senators have promised to fight any move by President Donald Trump's administration to gut the FCC's net neutrality rules.

U.S. House approves new privacy protections for email and the cloud

U.S. House approves new privacy protections for email and the cloud

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Monday the Email Privacy Act, which would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants to search email and other data stored with third parties for longer than six months....

Update: TV maker Vizio pays $2.2M to settle complaint that it spied on users

Update: TV maker Vizio pays $2.2M to settle complaint that it spied on users

Popular smart TV maker Vizio will pay $2.2 million to settle complaints that it violated customers' privacy by continuously monitoring their viewing habits without their knowledge.

Net neutrality policy still up in the air under Trump

Net neutrality policy still up in the air under Trump

During his campaign, President Donald Trump called the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules a "top-down power grab," leading many observers to expect a quick repeal.

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