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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House panel moves to require warrants for stored data

A U.S. House of Representatives committee has voted to approve a bill that would give new email and cloud-stored data new privacy protections from law enforcement searches.

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IRS security is failing taxpayers, senator says

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the Congress, and private electronic tax-filing vendors aren't doing enough to protect the personal information of taxpayers, senators said Tuesday.

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Consumers want more value from home IoT products

U.S. consumers are slow to embrace home-based Internet of Things products, with many wary of their cost and usefulness, according to a new survey.

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Proposed U.S. law would require tech companies to help defeat encryption

A proposal from two senior U.S. senators would force tech companies to give technical assistance to law enforcement agencies trying to break into encrypted devices.

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The FCC aims to restore competition in the business broadband market, may help slash costs

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is planning to rework its business broadband regulations, with some groups hoping the agency's action could save businesses tens of billions of dollars.

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Public doesn't support federal takeover of drone regulation

More than two-thirds of the U.S. public doesn't support a federal government takeover of drone regulation, despite a push in Congress to preempt state and local drone rules, according to a new survey.

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White House won't support encryption unlocking legislation

President Barack Obama's administration won't support legislation to force device makers to help law enforcement agencies defeat encryption, according to a news report.

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People like ISPs to play favorites on mobile data caps, says survey by mobile carrier group

Most mobile phone customers actually like when providers exempt selected video, music, and other online services from their monthly data caps, despite complaints that the practice violates net neutrality rules.

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What's the deal with the massive Panama Papers data leak?

A data breach at Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca is being touted as the largest ever, at least in terms of the sheer volume of information leaked.

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Critics of DMCA takedowns flood Copyright Office with thousands of comments

Critics of the Digitial Millennium Copyright Act have flooded the U.S. Copyright Office with tens of thousands of comments complaining about a process that often forces websites to kill user-generated content when faced with a copyright complaint.

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FCC votes for strict new broadband privacy rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has taken a major step toward new regulations requiring Internet service providers to get customer permission before using or sharing their Web-surfing history and most other personal information.

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US has asked Apple, Google to help unlock devices in more than 70 cases

U.S. government agencies have filed more than 70 orders requiring Apple or Google to help law enforcement agencies unlock mobile devices since 2008, despite the agency's insistence that its fight with Apple in a recent terrorism case was limited in scope.

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ISPs are breaking net neutrality rules, advocacy groups say

Internet service providers are picking "winners and losers" in violation of U.S. net neutrality rules by selectively exempting Web traffic from their monthly data caps, according to a coalition of more than 50 advocacy groups.

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Internet providers have built huge data systems to track every move you make online

Web users face growing privacy threats as large Internet service providers partner with or gobble up data brokers with the goal of better tracking their customers, a privacy advocate says.

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DOJ knew of possible iPhone-cracking method before Apple case

Weeks before the FBI headed to court to force Apple to help it break into a mass shooter's iPhone, a sister agency in the Department of Justice was already using an Israeli security firm to attempt to crack the company's devices.