Technology

Closing the digital divide will continue to be a top priority of mine in the Senate. You can’t have 21st century healthcare, 21st century education, or a 21st century economy without 21st century internet that can be accessed by Tennesseans in the rural countryside as well as big cities and towns. Additionally, as more of our business is conducted online, consumers are realizing how much data companies have compiled regarding their habits and preferences. I agree with Tennesseans who demand their privacy be protected in an internet ecosystem where everybody is playing by the same set of rules. As a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation; Judiciary; and Armed Services Committees, I will have the opportunity to be in the center of the major technology policy debates taking place in the United States Senate for years to come.

Blackburn & Bipartisan Senators to FCC: Tackle Rural Broadband Prior to 5G Expansion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and John Kennedy (R-La.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai urging the FCC to take proper precautions to ensure that the 5G fund realizes its potential without expanding the digital divide.

“While 5G implementation is vital to our continued growth and prosperity, we must remain cognizant of the fact that 23% of rural Tennessee...

Blackburn, Cortez Masto Introduce END Child Exploitation Act

Bill extends evidence preservation time in online child exploitation cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Tech Task Force, and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Eliminate Network Distribution of Child Exploitation Act to lengthen evidence preservation time in online child exploitation cases and to assist law enforcement in prosecuting these crimes. Technology platforms like Facebook and Tumblr will...

Blackburn Discusses TikTok’s Policy Change, Data Privacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke with Bloomberg Technology to discuss her concerns regarding youth use of TikTok, as well as her questions at today’s Senate Commerce hearing on “Examining Legislative Proposals to Protect Consumer Data Privacy,”

On TikTok’s Decision to Raise the Minimum Age for In-App Purchases“

I am pleased that they have changed the age. That is an important first step. Having these children streaming these videos, buying these emojis...

Blackburn, Grassley, Colleagues Work to Improve Transparency and Accountability for U.S. Olympics’ Abuse Review Arm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in introducing legislation to ensure the proper use of resources designated for investigating abuses of Olympic and amateur athletes. The Stopping Abuse from Entering Sports, Promoting Oversight, Responsibility and Transparency (SAFESPORT) Act is cosponsored by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and David Perdue (R-Ga.). Much of the legislation was included...

Blackburn to TikTok: You Are China’s Best Detective

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) told TikTok it must put an end to Chinese-linked efforts to collect data from American children in a letter to Alex Zhu of TikTok Inc. Senator Blackburn leads the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Tech Task Force.

“TikTok is China’s best detective—surreptitiously collecting and sharing user data, tracking American tweens and teenagers, and manipulating children’s online purchases,” Senator Blackburn writes in the letter. “Children are...

Blackburn Joins Thune on Bipartisan Bill to Increase Internet Platform Transparency & Provide Consumers With Greater Control Over Digital Content

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which has jurisdiction over the internet and consumer protection, and Mark Warner (D-Va.) today to introduce the Filter Bubble Transparency Act.

The bill would require large-scale internet platforms that collect data from more than one million users and gross more than...

Blackburn Leads Bicameral Bill to Speed Communications Recovery Following a Natural Disaster

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced S.2645, the Connecting Communities Post Disasters Act, to speed up communications recovery after a natural disaster. This legislation requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to exempt projects that replace or make improvements to damaged communications facilities or equipment following a major disaster or Presidentially declared emergency. Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) has introduced companion legislation in the...

Blackburn Joins Bipartisan Group Warning FTC Not to Weaken Children’s Online Privacy Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) today wrote to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging it not to take any steps to weaken existing rules under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

The Senators sent their letter following the Commission’s announcement that it will begin an ahead-of-schedule review of the COPPA Rule, as well as its request for public comment on potential...

Blackburn: Tech Platforms Need an Objective Cop on the Beat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor about the responsibility of tech companies to police extremist content on their platforms while also protecting free speech.

To watch the Senator’s full remarks, click below or HERE.

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Thank you, Madam President.

 

The internet and social media platforms have transformed the way humans communicate. Correspondence that just a few years ago would have taken paper, pen, and postage, is...

Blackburn Joins The Atlantic’s ‘Women of Washington’ Event

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the first female Senator from Tennessee, joined The Atlantic’s ‘Women of Washington’ event on Tuesday for a conversation about encouraging conservative women to run for office, the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote, the security women want for their families, and more. The Atlantic’s deputy editor, Gillian White, moderated the conversation.

On Encouraging Conservative Women to Run for Office

"Many times, you have women say,...