Grant GrossWashington Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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Court rules warrant not needed for cell phone location data

Florida police used 11,600 location records to track a suspect in a string of armed robberies.

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Lawmakers want to protect the online freedom to Yelp

A new bill in Congress would prohibit companies from including non-disparagement clauses in customer contracts.

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Cerf thinks encryption back doors would be 'super risky'

The FBI's request for encryption workarounds would create new security problems, Cerf thinks.

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Cisco names senior VP Robbins as new CEO to replace Chambers

Chambers will stay a the company as executive chairman and chairman of the board

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Telecom trade groups, ISPs ask for delay of net neutrality rules

Seven organizations, including AT&T, ask the Federal Communications Commission to put net neutrality rules on hold.

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ACLU: NSA phone dragnet should be killed not amended

The recent USA Freedom Act doesn't go far enough in reforming surveillance, an ACLU lawyer says

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House committee approves bill to end NSA phone records program

Now the bill goes to the House floor for a vote

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Rand Paul's bill would overturn US net neutrality rules

Senator Rand Paul joins House Republicans in introducing a resolution of disapproval

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Lawmakers criticize FBI's request to mandate encryption back doors

It's impossible to ensure that only good guys will be able to access them, lawmakers say.

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Coalition gears up to oppose trade legislation pushing Trans-Pacific deal

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress this month would fast-track approval of the trade deal

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Bill to rein in NSA phone data collection reintroduced

The USA Freedom Act aims to end the agency's bulk collection of U.S. telephone records

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Drone trade group embraces regulation for safey

An FAA move toward small-drone regulation is welcomed as encouraging responsible use, the head of a drone trade group says.

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Consumer groups dance on the grave of Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal

They say the deal's collapse is good for customers

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DOD wants to rebuild trust with the technology industry

The military needs private partners to combat the nation's cybersecurity problems, Carter says

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FTC complains retail tracking firm didn't notify customers

Nomi falsely told customers they could opt out of tracking, the agency says