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 on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto to discuss how Big Tech companies should be held responsible for their role in enabling foreign adversaries from influencing American elections.

To watch the full segment, click below or HERE.


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Blackburn: Big Tech Companies Have Gotten Filthy Rich Off Of Your Data

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke with Fox Business, Bloomberg and Yahoo Finance about the Tech Task Force she is leading in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) named Senator Blackburn Chairman of the Tech Task Force, with Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) serving as co-chair. The Tech Task Force will meet periodically to discuss tech industry issues, including privacy, data security, censorship, antitrust and competition.

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Snapchat Responds to Blackburn’s Request for Changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has received a response from Snap VP of Global Public Policy Jennifer Stout after she raised concerns that the Snapchat app enables child predators and exposes children to explicit sexual content.

“Keeping our children safe online is paramount,” said Senator Blackburn. “I am appreciative of Snap’s responsiveness and willingness to engage in a productive discussion. These vulnerabilities must be addressed.”

On July 18, Senator Blackburn conv...

Blackburn on CNBC: First Tech Task Force Meeting Outlined What Privacy Looks Like in 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined CNBC’s Ylan Mui and Wilfred Frost on Closing Bell following the first Senate Judiciary Committee Tech Task Force to tackle technology issues including privacy, data security, censorship and anti-trust. Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) named Senator Blackburn Chairman of the Tech Task Force, with Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) serving as co-chair. 

“We’re going to move to a day where the consumer owns their data,”...

Blackburn Convenes First Judiciary Committee Tech Task Force Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) convened the first Senate Judiciary Committee Tech Task Force to tackle tech industry issues on privacy, data security, censorship, antitrust and competition. Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) named Senator Blackburn Chairman of the Tech Task Force, with Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) serving as co-chair. 

Today’s Tech Task Force meeting featured privacy experts from four companies with unique access to consumer...

Blackburn to Google: You Push the Boundaries Until Your Hand Gets Slapped

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing on “Google and Censorship through Search Engines.” In her remarks, Senator Blackburn spoke directly to Karan Bhatia, Vice President for Government Affairs & Public Policy for Google.

“When we talk about privacy, or lack thereof, data security, or lack thereof, offenders that are the biggest and the worst offenders, unfortunately for you all, people put Google on the...

Blackburn: Snapchat is a Child Predator’s Dream

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor about the letter she wrote to Snapchat on Monday urging CEO of Snap, Evan Spiegel, to take action to protect children from sexual predators and being exposed to explicit content while using the platform.

To watch Senator Blackburn’s speech, click below or HERE.

REMARKS AS PREPARED

Thank you, Madam President. 

In 2017, ICE agents arrested Francisco Javier Soledad on charges of producing child pornography...

Blackburn: Sex Predators Thrive On Social Media

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Protecting Innocence in a Digital World” about the dangers posed by social media to children.

“[Jeffrey Epstein’s] case serves as a warning that predators really do lurk,” said Senator Blackburn. “They lurk in every corner of society, whether it’s the rich and the powerful or the poor and depraved. Those protections that have existed in the physical world, many times are not being...

ICYMI: Blackburn on Fox: We Must Protect Americans’ Security Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Sunday, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Charles Payne on set for an exclusive interview on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures. 

Highlights: 
On Social Media Privacy

“Now, you have the virtual space underpinning literally every industry and so much of Americans’ transactional life. They want to make sure their, as I say, their ‘Virtual You’ is protected.” 

On China
“Here is where we need to be watchful: In my opinion, it’s Huawei. We do not need to let Huawei get...

Blackburn to Snapchat: Protect Children from Sexual Predators

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) urged the CEO of Snap, Evan Spiegel, to take action to protect children from sexual predators and being exposed to explicit adult content while using Snapchat. 

“In 2019, our children are living an unprecedented amount of their young lives online,” said Senator Blackburn. “Snap must be transparent with users about the steps they take to ensure their application is used responsibly and not taken advantage of by those who wish to do...