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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Report: Snowden applies for extended asylum in Russia

The Russian approval for the NSA leaker to stay in the country expires at the end of July.

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Commissioners rip FCC's spendy school Wi-Fi plan

Republican members of the FCC question where $5 billion for schools and libraries will come from.

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US open to discussion about German accused of being a double agent

A German intelligence employee is accused of passing information to a US contact

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Accused Russian point-of-sale hacker arrested, faces US charges

The 30-year-old is also accused of hosting credit card selling forums online

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US privacy board defends conclusion that foreign surveillance is legal

The NSA's foreign surveillance programs comply with U.S. law and are effective in stopping terrorism, the board says.

FBI, CIA can query US communications collected by NSA

The FBI doesn't track the number of US searches it does on data collected for foreign intelligence purposes.

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FTC: T-Mobile made hundreds of millions from unwanted SMS features

The mobile carrier made profits from services not ordered by customers, the FTC said.

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Senators question US surveillance transparency report

The report doesn't provide enough detail about the NSA's collection of US communications, two lawmakers say

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Supreme Court declines to hear Google's request in Street View lawsuit

The Supreme Court allows a class-action lawsuit against Google for Wi-Fi snooping to move forward.

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Groups pressure US lawmakers with NSA surveillance scorecard

Dozens of lawmakers get F's for NSA reform in scorecard by EFF, Free Press and other groups

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Trade group previews apps to give mobile users choice on ads

The Digital Advertising Alliance plans to release two apps this fall allowing users to opt out of behavioral ads.

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Supreme Court delivers a death blow to Aereo's over-the-air TV streaming service

The core of Aereo's business is illegal under the U.S. Copyright Act, the Supreme Court rules.

Facial recognition proposal lacks privacy protections, advocate says

A trade group's recommendations for best privacy practices run counter to US values, an ACLU lawyer says

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Microsoft's general counsel calls on Congress to do more to protect users' private data

Lamwakers need to address consumer privacy for data held by companies and for data gathered by spy agencies, he says

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Disconnect's new browser plugin translates complex privacy policies into simple icons

The Privacy Icons browser add-on translates websites' privacy policies into nine easy-to-grasp categories