Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

Advocacy groups plan day of protest against NSA surveillance

A group of activist groups and Internet companies are planning a coordinated protest of U.S. National Security Agency surveillance on Feb. 11, with the hope that millions of people will join them.

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Target doubles hack attack victim estimate to 70 million, personal info stolen too

Identity thieves may have taken email addresses, mailing addresses and other information, the company says

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French fine Google over change in privacy policy

CNIL says Google broke a French privacy law when it merged the privacy policies of its services

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US House to target HealthCare.gov in two votes this week

One bill would require HHS to notify consumers if their personal data is exposed on the site

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Gartner: Global IT spending will grow slightly in 2014

Enterprise software spending will drive the growth in spending, while telecom spending is a drag

Surveillance court renews NSA phone records program

The FISA court approves the metadata collection program for the 36th time in seven years.

DOJ will appeal judge's ruling against NSA phone program

The decision of the D.C. judge conflicts with a ruling from a New York judge in a separate case..

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ACLU appeals judge's decision to throw out NSA lawsuit

The civil liberties group asks an appeals court to review the judge's order finding a phone-records collection program legal.

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CTIA website shows mobile app data usage

The new website is aimed at helping mobile device owners and app developers

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Online holiday shopping up, but not as much as expected, comScore says

U.S. desktop users spend $42.8 billion between Nov. 1 and Dec. 22

Acer names semiconductor veteran as new CEO

Now top man at Acer, Jason Chen previously held sales and marketing positions at Taiwan Semiconductor and Intel.

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Senators call on FTC to investigate Target breach

Senator Richard Blumenthal wants an investigation of Target's security practices after 40 million credit and debit cards were compromised in a security breach.

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DOJ releases Megaupload discussions about mass infringement

Megaupload's lawyer says the conversations show the company's struggle with infringing materials stored there.

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.

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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