Stories by Grant Gross

ISP argues net neutrality rules violate its right to block content

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules violate the free speech rights of broadband providers because the regulations take away their ability to block Web traffic they disagree with, one ISP has argued.

By Grant Gross | 01 August, 2015 04:24

Tags: free press, Wiley Rein, regulation, Tim Karr, government, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, internet, U.S. Telecom, Internet service providers, Daniel Berninger, Matt Wood, Alamo Broadband, at&t, U.S. Federal Communications Commission

Ad group urges FTC to reject right to be forgotten in US

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should reject a privacy group's push to extend the E.U.'s controversial right to be forgotten rules to the U.S. because such regulations would have a "sweeping" negative effect on many U.S. companies, a trade group said.

By Grant Gross | 01 August, 2015 01:54

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Watchdog, regulation, Association of National Advertisers, John Simpson, government, internet, search engines, privacy, Daniel Jaffe, Peter Fleischer, Google, security

Opponents focus on defeating CISA cyberthreat info sharing bill

Opponents of a U.S. Senate bill intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats may have stalled a vote on the legislation.

By Grant Gross | 31 July, 2015 03:14

Tags: U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, Information Technology Industry Council, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. National Security Agency, legislation, Fight for the Future, privacy, Stanford University, Dean Garfield, Ron Wyden, Jonathan Mayer, security, government, data protection

Trade groups tell Congress to keep its hands off IoT

The U.S. Congress should take a hands-off approach toward the burgeoning Internet of Things industry and let vendors figure out how to deal with privacy and security issues, representatives of four trade groups said.

By Grant Gross | 30 July, 2015 06:31

Tags: Information Technology Industry Council, Mitch Bainwol, regulation, government, internet, Judy Chu, Consumer Electronics Association, Darrell Issa, Dean Garfield, Ted Poe, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, U.S. House of Representatives, Internet of Things, Gary Shapiro

Obama won't pardon Snowden, despite petition

U.S. President Barack Obama won't pardon National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, despite strong public support for it, the White House said Tuesday.

By Grant Gross | 29 July, 2015 03:57

Tags: National Security Agency, security, government, privacy

Groups urge Obama to oppose cyberthreat sharing bills

U.S. President Barack Obama should oppose legislation intended to let businesses share cyberthreat information with each other and with government agencies because the bill would allow the sharing of too much personal information, a coalition of digital rights groups and security experts said.

By Grant Gross | 29 July, 2015 02:12

Tags: New America Foundation, Dan Wallach, Richard Burr, legislation, Rice University, Barack Obama, Exploits / vulnerabilities, bruce schneier, privacy, Electronic Frontier Foundation, harvard university, American Civil Liberties Union, Ronald Rivest, security, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Democracy and Technology, government, data protection, U.S. Senate, Fight the Future

There's more to municipal broadband than public funding, says report

U.S. communities looking for faster broadband service than incumbent ISPs provide have alternatives to the increasingly controversial choice of seeking to publicly fund a network, according to a new handbook for city officials.

By Grant Gross | 21 July, 2015 23:03

Tags: Government use of IT, telecommunication, regulation, Gig.U, Free State Foundation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, broadband, Randolph May, Blair Levin, Benton Foundation

Google slams proposed US export controls on security tools

A proposed set of software export controls, including controls on selling hacking software outside the U.S., are "dangerously broad and vague," Google said Monday.

By Grant Gross | 21 July, 2015 06:23

Tags: Google, regulation, security, U.S. Department of Commerce, government, Tim Willis, Neil Martin, Electronic Frontier Foundation, trade

T-Mobile to pay $17.5 million fine for 911 outages

T-Mobile USA will pay a US$17.5 million fine in a settlement with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for two 911 emergency dialing outages on the company's mobile network last year.

By Grant Gross | 18 July, 2015 01:42

Tags: telecommunication, regulation, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, mobile, government, T-Mobile USA

EBay to sell its enterprise unit four years after buying it

EBay has reached a deal to sell its enterprise unit, a division focused on building and running online shopping sites for bricks-and-mortar retailers, for less than half than it paid four years ago.

By Grant Gross | 17 July, 2015 00:49

Tags: business issues, e-commerce, ebay, Sterling Partners, Permira Funds, internet, Mergers and acquisitions

Darkode computer hacking forum shuts after investigation spanning 20 countries

Law enforcement agencies from 20 countries working together have shut down a major computer hacking forum, and U.S. officials have filed criminal charges against a dozen people associated with the website, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

By Grant Gross | 16 July, 2015 01:22

Tags: U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, U.S. Department of Justice, Com, David Hickton, legal, Darkode, cybercrime, Hamza Bendelladj

Vietnamese man gets 13 years for massive ID theft scheme

A Vietnamese man linked to a data breach of 200 million personal records at a subsidiary of credit monitoring firm Experian has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

By Grant Gross | 15 July, 2015 06:03

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Leslie Caldwell, Hieu Minh Ngo, security, Experian, legal, privacy, cybercrime

ACLU asks court to immediately kill NSA phone snooping

A U.S. appeals court should immediately shut down the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic telephone records because the practice is illegal, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

By Grant Gross | 15 July, 2015 04:44

Tags: telecommunication, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Civil lawsuits, legal, U.S. National Security Agency, government, privacy, U.S. American Civil Liberties Union, security, Edward Snowden, Jameel Jaffer

US to begin talks on drone privacy standards

A U.S. government agency will start its third attempt to develop voluntary privacy standards for an emerging area of technology, this time with a series of meetings on drone privacy scheduled to begin Aug. 3.

By Grant Gross | 14 July, 2015 06:27

Tags: popular science, robotics, regulation, security, Jeffery Chester, Center for Digital Democracy, government, U.S. National Telecommunication and Information Administration, privacy, Angela Simpson, Vic Moss

FCC looks to protect customers during voice switch to IP

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission may require the country's telecom carriers to warn residential and business customers about their plans to abandon old, copper telephone networks for IP-based systems.

By Grant Gross | 11 July, 2015 03:04

Tags: telephony, telecommunication, voip, regulation, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government

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