Stories by Grant Gross

US Senate leader pushes to extend NSA phone dragnet

The U.S. Senate was deadlocked on Friday over whether to extend authorization for the National Security Agency's massive collection of domestic telephone records, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisting the surveillance program should continue with no new limits.

By Grant Gross | 23 May, 2015 03:15

Tags: Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Senate, telecommunication, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Jim Sensenbrenner, Berin Szoka, legislation, privacy, Bob Goodlatte, Rand Paul, security, TechFreedom, government

US Senate leader to push for vote to renew NSA phone dragnet

The U.S. Senate on Thursday failed to move forward on efforts to extend the section of the Patriot Act that the National Security Agency has used to collect millions of domestic telephone records.

By Grant Gross | 22 May, 2015 08:34

Tags: Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate, telecommunication, U.S. White House, U.S. National Security Agency, Al Franken, legislation, government, privacy, Josh Earnest, Rand Paul, security

US senators stall vote to extend NSA phone records dragnet

Four U.S. senators ground the chamber's business to a halt Wednesday in an effort to prevent lawmakers from voting on a bill to extend portions of the Patriot Act used to collect telephone and business records from the country's residents.

By Grant Gross | 21 May, 2015 07:09

Tags: Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate, free press, telecommunication, U.S. National Security Agency, Martin Heinrich, Demand Progress, legislation, Fight for the Future, privacy, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ron Wyden, security, government

Six China residents charged with stealing US mobile phone technology

Six residents of China face economic espionage and theft of trade secret charges for allegedly funneling radio frequency technologies used in mobile devices from U.S. companies to a university controlled by the Chinese government.

By Grant Gross | 20 May, 2015 01:46

Tags: Hao Zhang, University of Southern California, mobile, Huisui Zhang, ROFS Microsystem, Criminal, Skyworks Solutions, U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, John Carlin, intellectual property, Chong Zhou, Tianjin University, Wei Pang, legal, Avago Technologies, Zhao Gang, Jinping Chen, U.S. Department of Justice

Survey finds most US residents want changes to Patriot Act surveillance

U.S. residents have major problems with government surveillance, and six in 10 want to see the records collection provisions of the Patriot Act modified before Congress extends it, according to a survey commissioned by a civil rights group.

By Grant Gross | 19 May, 2015 04:37

Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, Neema Singh Guliani, G² Public Strategies, security, Greg Strimple, U.S. National Security Agency, Global Strategy Group, government, privacy

US Senate takes step toward Trans-Pacific Partnership approval

A trade agreement that has digital rights groups worried gained traction this week, when lawmakers voted to end a filibuster of legislation that would fast-track trade deals through Congress.

By Grant Gross | 16 May, 2015 05:18

Tags: U.S. Senate, legislation, government, intel, Fight for the Future, Computer and Communications Industry Association, trade, Ed Black, intellectual property, copyright, Ron Wyden, Evan Greer, legal

Critics blast US NSA phone records bill as 'fake reform'

A lopsided vote in the U.S. House of Representatives this week to rein in the National Security Agency's domestic telephone records dragnet won muted praise, with many supporters calling on Congress to take stronger action.

By Grant Gross | 15 May, 2015 06:09

Tags: New America Foundation, telecommunication, Mitch McDonnell, Credo Mobile, Kevin Bankston, Demand Progress, legislation, Fight for the Future, privacy, Bob Goodlatte, Tiffiniy Cheng, Ron Wyden, U.S. House of Representatives, security, government

US House of Representatives votes to narrow NSA's phone records collection

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to rein in the National Security Agency's bulk collection of the country's telephone records, while allowing the agency to engage in more targeted surveillance.

By Grant Gross | 14 May, 2015 08:19

Tags: Americans for Limited Government, telecommunication, Jim Sensenbrenner, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, U.S. National Security Agency, legislation, government, Rick Manning, privacy, John Conyers Jr., security, U.S. House of Representatives

Law firm challenges net neutrality rules, saying they're too weak

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is facing a new, novel challenge to its recent net neutrality rules: a communications law firm is arguing the regulations aren't strong enough.

By Grant Gross | 13 May, 2015 04:36

Tags: Smithwick and Belendiuk, telecommunication, regulation, Civil lawsuits, legal, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Arthur Belendiuk, government, internet, Internet service providers, broadband

Verizon and Sprint to pay a total of $158M for unauthorized text billing

Mobile carriers Verizon Wireless and Sprint will pay a combined US$158 million[m] to settle complaints by two U.S. government agencies that they billed millions[m] of customers for unauthorized, third-pay text messaging services.

By Grant Gross | 13 May, 2015 03:36

Tags: sprint, telecommunication, at&t, regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, mobile, government, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless

Senator urges government research to counter rogue drones

The U.S. Department of Transportation should begin to research technologies to combat "rogue" drone flights around sensitive areas like the White House and airports, a senator has recommended.

By Grant Gross | 12 May, 2015 05:39

Tags: U.S. Senate, Anthony Foxx, robotics, regulation, Mark Warner, government, U.S. Department of Transportation

FCC denies requests to delay net neutrality rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has denied the requests of several broadband providers and trade groups asking the agency to delay its net neutrality rules.

By Grant Gross | 10 May, 2015 02:30

Tags: telecommunication, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, regulation, Voice Communication Exchange Committee, internet, Internet service providers, Daniel Berninger, Public Knowledge, CenturyLink., at&t, USTelecom, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Harold Feld, government, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, American Cable Association, broadband, Telecommunications Industry Association

US man pleads no contest to operating revenge porn site

The operator of a so-called revenge porn website has pleaded no contest to criminal charges, including extortion, in a California court.

By Grant Gross | 09 May, 2015 05:54

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Kamala Harris, e-commerce, California Office of the Attorney General, Casey Meyering, legal, internet, Criminal, Kevin Bollaert, Craig Brittain

Appeals court judge shoots down DOJ's defense of NSA phone program

A U.S. appeals court judge shredded the government's defense of an extensive National Security Agency program targeting the phone records of the nation's residents.

By Grant Gross | 08 May, 2015 04:55

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, telecommunication, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, security, Edward Snowden, Civil lawsuits, legal, U.S. National Security Agency, government, Gerard Lynch, privacy

US appeals court rules against NSA phone records collection

The U.S. National Security Agency's program to collect domestic telephone records in bulk was not authorized by Congress in the Patriot Act, an appeals court has ruled.

By Grant Gross | 08 May, 2015 00:34

Tags: telecommunication, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, security, Civil lawsuits, legal, U.S. National Security Agency, U.S. Congress, government, Gerard Lynch, privacy, American Civil Liberties Union

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