Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

Cybersecurity

Obama touches on NSA reform in State of the Union address

The U.S. president also called for patent reform and for faster broadband in schools

PCWorld News

NSA phone records program aids investigations, defenders say

It could prevent the next 9/11 attack, one former official said

PCWorld News

FTC takes action against alleged Obamacare spammer

The company sent email messages trying to trick people into signing up for insurance before the deadline, the agency says

U.S. Capitol

Tech, telecom vendors spend millions on lobbying in DC

Comcast, Google, AT&T and Verizon are among the top spenders on lobbying the US government.

PCWorld News

US privacy watchdog: NSA phone records program is illegal

Privacy board calls for an end to NSA phone records collection

Consumer Watchdog files Google+ complaint with FTC

A planned merger of Google+ and Gmail contact lists will allow unsolicited email, the group says.

legal gavel

Verizon says U.S. government made 320,000 requests for customer info in 2013

Law enforcement requests to Verizon far exceed those made to other tech companies.

PCWorld News

Level 3, 11 other companies settle FTC privacy complaint

The 12 companies claimed to hold current certifications in an EU privacy agreement, but did not, the agency says

PCWorld News

Verizon posts quarterly gains from mobile, broadband

The company's mobile and Fios revenue are up significantly

Obama fails to address NSA encryption-defeating methods, backdoors

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The president's speech focused more on a telephone-records collection program than on the Internet, critics say.

Obama's NSA reform proposals spark disappointment from some

Some digital rights groups wanted an end to the NSA phone records program, but President Obama wants a transition to something similar.

Cybersecurity

Obama proposes changes to NSA surveillance

The changes called for regarding NSA surveillance include new privacy advocates to be assigned to a surveillance court and a transition away from a controversial U.S. telephone records collection program.

PCWorld News

HealthCare.gov still has major security problems, experts say

Democrats question whether outside security experts can tell what defenses are being deployed

Obama announces semiconductor innovation hub

The new manufacturing institute will focus on bringing wide bandgap semiconductors to market.

Senators question recommended changes to NSA surveillance

Members of a review panel say their recommendations would not hurt legitimate terrorism investigations.