Stories by Grant Gross

Uber driver in Boston area faces rape charges

An Uber driver in the Boston area is facing rape and other charges for allegedly beating and sexually assaulting a passenger earlier this month.

By Grant Gross | 19 December, 2014 04:20

Tags: Cambridge Police Department, Internet-based applications and services, Alejandro Done, Marian Ryan, Robert Haas, Kaitlin Durkosh, legal, internet, Uber, Criminal, Middlesex County District Attorney's Office

Obama pushes for net neutrality, opposes data localization in trade pact

President Barack Obama's administration is pushing two potentially controversial Internet policies in a secretive trade pact, with trade negotiators calling for other countries to adopt net neutrality provisions while rejecting policies requiring local storage of data in a secretive 50-country trade pact now being negotiated.

By Grant Gross | 18 December, 2014 08:24

Tags: Associated Whistleblowing Press, Lori Wallach, Public Citizen, Office of U.S. Trade Representative, regulation, U.S. National Security Agency, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Barack Obama, government, trade, privacy, Tom Wheeler, security

ICANN data compromised in spearphishing attack

A so-called spearphishing attack on ICANN has compromised the email credentials of several ICANN staff members and allowed the attacker access to user information, including email and postal addresses.

By Grant Gross | 18 December, 2014 04:41

Tags: ICANN, intrusion, security, data breach, internet

US agency sues Sprint for alleged unauthorized charges

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit accusing Sprint of illegally billing mobile customers for tens of millions[m] of dollars in unauthorized third-party charges.

By Grant Gross | 18 December, 2014 04:40

Tags: sprint, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, regulation, at&t, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, government, Richard Cordray, mobile

Internet tax moratorium extended in US gov't spending package

A one-year extension to a U.S moratorium on Internet access taxes was buried in a US$1.1 trillion government spending bill passed by the Senate on Saturday.

By Grant Gross | 16 December, 2014 07:39

Tags: U.S. Senate, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, e-commerce, free press, Progressive Policy Institute, Ron Wyden, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, government, legislation, Matt Wood

Microsoft gets allies to help tell US to back off on Irish search warrant

The U.S. Department of Justice should back off its request for Microsoft to turn over a suspect's digital documents stored on a server in Ireland, or be prepared for other governments demanding documents stored on U.S. servers, the company's general counsel said.

By Grant Gross | 16 December, 2014 06:49

Tags: U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, U.S. Department of Justice, Nuala O'Connor, Center for Democracy and Technology, internet, government, Charlie Gibson, privacy, Andrew Pincus, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, security, Microsoft, Brad Smith

Schmidt: NSA revelations forced Google to lock down data

Google has worked hard to lock down the personal data it collects since revelations in the last year and a half about mass surveillance programs at the U.S. National Security Agency, company Chairman Eric Schmidt said.

By Grant Gross | 13 December, 2014 07:51

Tags: U.S. National Security Agency, eric schmidt, Craig Timberg, Julian Sanchez, internet, government, privacy, Chris Soghoian, American Civil Liberties Union, Cato Institute, Google, Edward Snowden, security

US FTC will target patent trolls, commissioner says

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission can take action against patent trolls when the patent-holding firms engage in unfair business practices, even as the agency works to complete a study on their business model, a commissioner said.

By Grant Gross | 11 December, 2014 08:22

Tags: MPHJ Technology Investments, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, U.S. House of Representatives, regulation, intellectual property, Julie Brill, legal, patent, government

US DOJ: Companies need to trust gov't on cybersecurity

The U.S. fight against cybercrime would be more effective if companies put more trust in the country's law enforcement agencies, a top U.S. Department of Justice official said.

By Grant Gross | 10 December, 2014 04:49

Tags: Information Technology Industry Council, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. National Security Agency, Joe Demarest, James Comey, cybercrime, privacy, Leslie Caldwell, Dean Garfield, U.S. FBI, Apple, Google, security, legal, government

Academics urge FCC to enforce net neutrality on case-by-case basis

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should weigh in on net neutrality and encourage its sister agency, the Federal Communications Commission, to back away from calls to regulate broadband like a public utility, a group of 32 academics said.

By Grant Gross | 09 December, 2014 06:49

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, International Center for Law and Economics, telecommunication, free press, regulation, Geoffrey Manne, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, government, broadband, Internet service providers, Matt Wood

Google to begin contacting customers about in-app refunds

Google will soon begin to contact customers who made in-app purchases on Android devices about potential refunds under a settlement of an unfair billing complaint by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

By Grant Gross | 06 December, 2014 08:37

Tags: mobile applications, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Google, regulation, legal, Civil lawsuits, government, mobile

Judge: Give NSA unlimited access to digital data

The U.S. National Security Agency should have an unlimited ability to collect digital information in the name of protecting the country against terrorism and other threats, an influential federal judge said during a debate on privacy.

By Grant Gross | 05 December, 2014 07:49

Tags: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Georgetown University Law Center, U.S. National Security Agency, Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, internet, legislation, privacy, Apple, security, legal, Richard Posner, Michael Dreeben, government, David Cole, cybercrime, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Department of Justice

US Internet sales tax backers push for late-session action

Backers of an Internet sales tax aren't taking no for an answer, with supporters continuing to push the U.S. Congress to pass legislation this year.

By Grant Gross | 04 December, 2014 08:20

Tags: National Retail Federation, Steve DelBianco, e-commerce, NetChoice, Brian Namey, John Boehner, U.S. Congress, internet, legislation, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Ralph Becker, National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Steve Womack, government

FTC: Online billing service deceptively collected medical records

An online service allowing consumers to pay their medical bills failed to adequately inform them that it would also try to collect highly detailed medical information from their pharmacies, medical labs and insurance companies, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said.

By Grant Gross | 04 December, 2014 06:51

Tags: PaymentsMD, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, regulation, legal, Civil lawsuits, health care, Jessica Rich, industry verticals, government, Michael Hughes, privacy, security

Conservative lawyers question need for patent troll legislation

So-called patent trolls may not be as big of a problem as some advocates of U.S. patent reform make them out to be, some conservative patent experts say, in a split with many Republican lawmakers.

By Grant Gross | 03 December, 2014 08:40

Tags: Noah Phillips, Adam Mossoff, Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, John Cornyn, government, legislation, George Mason University, Paul Michel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. House of Representatives, intellectual property, legal, patent

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