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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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.

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US will still push for encryption workarounds, even though iPhone hearing was postponed

Don't expect the U.S. government to back off its push for technology vendors to build encryption workarounds into their products, even as the FBI has acknowledged it may have a way to crack into an iPhone used in a high-profile mass shooting case.

Tuesday’s Apple vs. FBI hearing: 5 things you need to know

Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice will argue in court Tuesday about whether a judge should require the tech giant help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by a mass shooter in California.

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Supreme Court to hear Samsung's appeal in Apple design patents case

The U.S. Supreme Court has given Samsung a last chance to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars to Apple for allegedly infringing its design patents.

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FTC warns app developers against using audio monitoring software

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has sent warning letters to 12 smartphone app developers for allegedly compromising users' privacy by packaging audio monitoring software into their products.

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Sales of wearables to jump, as Android starts to catch up to Apple

Makers of wearable computing devices will ship 110 million products in 2016, a big increase from 2015, with smartwatches accounting for about a quarter of those sales, IDC predicted.

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Digital rights group: Save security, reject FBI's iPhone unlocking request

Digital rights group Fight for the Future is hoping to give voice to ordinary people concerned with the U.S. FBI's attempt to force Apple to help it unlock the iPhone used by a mass shooter.

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GM accelerates in race toward self-driving cars with Cruise Automation acquisition

Car-marking giant General Motors plans to acquire autonomous vehicle technology vendor Cruise Technology in an effort to accelerate its recent self-driving efforts.

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FCC wants ISPs to get customer permission before sharing personal data

Broadband providers would be required to get opt-in customer permission in many cases to use and share personal data they collect under regulations proposed by the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

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Privacy groups want rules for how ISPs can track their customers

Some Internet service providers are building powerful tools to track customers, and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission needs to step in, some privacy advocates say.