Grant GrossSenior Editor, 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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Lawmakers grill FCC's Wheeler about Obama influence on net neutrality

Wheeler's position on reclassifying broadband seemed to change after Obama weighed in, Republicans say

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State Dept. to shut down email system to clean out malware

The agency has been battling email hackers since late last year

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Senate panel secretly approves cyberthreat sharing bill

One senator called the legislation a 'surveillance bill by another name'

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Obama administration's encryption concerns meant to start a debate

The U.S. government still supports using encryption but has questions about law enforcement access to data

FCC releases 400-page net neutrality order

The document includes a lengthy legal defense of the new net neutrality regulations.

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Tech groups renew push for cloud, email privacy protections

They want Congress to give greater protections from police searches to documents stored in the cloud for more than 180 days

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Senators again push for online sales tax

Nine lawmakers reintroduce a bill requiring large Internet retailers to collect out-of-state sales tax

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Lawmakers look for online music licensing alternatives

Songwriters, music licensing services call for changes that would allow more negotiations.

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Two indicted for stealing 1 billion email addresses in historic breach

The Vietnamese defendants are accused of using stolen email addresses for a spamming operation.

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Lawmakers target data brokers in privacy bill

Four senators resurrect a bill that would allow consumers to see and correct personal information held by data brokers

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Republican lawmakers question FCC budget after net neutrality vote

The FCC could save on future litigation costs if it hadn't passed net neutrality rules, one lawmaker says

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Government hustles to enact privacy rules for drones

The agency will host a series of meetings on privacy best practices for drones in the coming months.

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Snowden willing to face trial in US, if it's fair

The NSA leaker's lawyers are negotiating a return to the US to face charges

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Privacy advocates find Obama proposal lacking

The proposed consumer privacy bill of rights allows companies to limit consumer control, critics say

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White House privacy proposal aims to give you control over your data

Some privacy advocates, however, say the draft bill limits privacy enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission.