Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service.

NSA defends foreign surveillance after new reports of targets

The NSA and GCHQ have targeted an Israeli leader and the vice president of the European Commission, according to a report.

PCWorld News

Debate over NSA surveillance shifts with judge's ruling, task force report

Critics of the agency's surveillance programs say momentum has shifted in the debate

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NSA task force to recommend major changes in surveillance

Recommendations from the White House panel will include taking the phone records database away from the NSA.

PCWorld News

Former Microsoft exec to head HealthCare.gov effort

DelBene, former president of Microsoft's Office Division, will lead the website going forward

Legal ruling

DOJ defends NSA phone records program after judge's ruling

Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District court says the NSA's phone records collection efforts likely violated the Constitution.

Judge pulls no punches in ruling against NSA program

The authors of the Constitution would be 'aghast,' Judge Richard Leon wrote, when ruling that NSA collection of telephone records may be unconstitutional.

PCWorld News

Security concerns about HealthCare.gov are overblown, Democrats say

HHS officials report just 32 security incidents since the site has launched

PCWorld News

Outdated IT contracting rules added to HealthCare.gov woes?

A reform of US government IT procurement could lead to fewer failed projects, critics say

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FCC moves toward in-flight mobile use; Transportation may ban voice calls

While the FCC is moving forward with a plan to let airlines allow the use of mobile phones on flights, the Transportation Secretary wonders if in-flight voice calls are "fair to consumers."

PCWorld News

Show us a better way than collecting metadata, NSA director says to critics

Keith Alexander asks U.S. tech companies to offer better alternatives than the NSA's phone records collection program.

PCWorld News

Republicans question coverage under HealthCare.gov

Lawmakers suggest more US residents will lose insurance coverage than will sign up with the website

Lawmakers hear mixed message on limiting spectrum bidding

Some advocates urge the FCC to limit AT&T and Verizon in the upcoming incentive auction

FCC chairman aims for TV spectrum auction in mid-2015

The FCC will auction spectrum now held by television stations to mobile broadband providers in mid-2015, when its software and systems are ready.

Cybersecurity

About 25 percent of HealthCare.gov applications have errors

CMS is working with insurance providers to identify applications with problems, an official says

Cybersecurity

US Supreme Court to hear software patent case

The court will review an appeals court decision in a computerize trading platform patent case