Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

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.

Federal appeals court strikes down net neutrality: What's next?

The FCC has options, but many of them aren't likely to prevail.

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