Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

net neutrality

U.S. Democrats seek to restore net neutrality

Bills in the House and Senate would restore the FCC's rules after an appeals court threw them out.

Malware virus

Russian man pleads guilty in SpyEye malware case

Aleksandr Panin, arrested last year, was the primary developer of the banking fraud malware, says the U.S. Department of Justice.

PCWorld News

FTC: Medical transcription firm allowed histories to be on search engine

The agency announces a data-breach settlement with the California company

PCWorld News

FCC moves toward IP transition of phone networks

The commission approves trial runs for converting copper networks to IP

PCWorld News

Defendant challenges DOJ's use of NSA surveillance

An Uzbek man asks a US court to suppress information collected by arguing the NSA program is unconstitutional

Senator pushes for an end to NSA phone records program

Leahy questions the constitutionality of the program, but the US attorney general defends it

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