Grant GrossWashington Correspondent, 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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Twitter reports huge increase in government data requests

In the second half of 2014, requests were up 40 percent for user information, and 84 percent for content removal.

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Senators call for investigation of Verizon's nearly unstoppable supercookies

Senators say they may push for legislaton to address the hard-to-defeat tracking cookies

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Privacy groups want investigation of big data acquisitions

The regulatory agency should conduct stricter reviews before granting approval to big data deals, four groups say

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State-sponsored Chinese hackers reportedly suspected in Anthem breach

The hackers are said to have used techniques deployed in the past by China-based attackers

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After Wheeler unveils proposal, what's next for net neutrality?

Expect Republicans to push for their bill in Congress and broadband providers to sue in the coming months

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Lawmakers try again to curb abusive patent lawsuits

The Innovation Act attempts to reduce patent lawsuits by so-called trolls

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FCC chairman says broadband should be treated as utility for net neutrality

Wheeler will offer net neutrality rules that reverse a long-standing agency practice of lightly regulating broadband

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Small ISPs should be exempt from strong net neutrality rules, trade group says

Smaller broadband providers don't have the incentive nor the ability to demand payments from websites, the ACA says

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FCC chairman doesn't plan to release net neutrality order before vote

Despite calls from congressional Republicans, Wheeler says the FCC should be able to debate the rules privately

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FCC to vote on overturning two state laws limiting municipal broadband

Wheeler's proposal would preempt state laws limiting municipal broadband deployment in North Carolina and Tennessee

FCC redefines advanced broadband as 25 Mbps; Republicans blow a gasket

The agency's higher speed definition allows it to take new actions to encouarge deployment. But Republicans on the commission went a little nuts.

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Cyberthreat sharing must include strong privacy protections, advocates say

Lawmakers will push for information-sharing legislation, but some groups want them to address past privacy concerns

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Canadian agency reported to be monitoring millions of downloads

The Communications Security Establishment tracks activity at more than 100 file-sharing sites, according to news reports

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Old arguments may bog down US data breach notification legislation

Questions about preemption of state laws and when companies should report breaches come up again during a hearing

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FTC calls on IoT vendors to protect privacy

The agency recommends a set of best practices, but critics fear the FTC will enforce them as regulations