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 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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REMARKS AS PREPARED

 

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,...

Blackburn on CNBC: Tech Regulation Needs to Strike the Right Balance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined CNBC’s Squawk Box to discuss the Senate Judiciary Committee’s upcoming hearing on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights.

“It is important to exercise some preemptions so you are not looking at fifty different standards, but you have a basic privacy standard…to make certain that this virtual space is competitive [and] that innovation continues,” said Senator Blackburn. “The GDPR went too far.... The California...

Blackburn Speaks at Commerce Hearing on Mass Violence, Extremism, and Digital Responsibility

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on “Mass Violence, Extremism, and Digital Responsibility”. She discussed social media algorithms and proposals to control content in a way that balances the need to protect free speech and police extreme content online. In her questioning, she urged Facebook officials to take stronger steps to maintain objectivity in patrolling its platform.

“Social media companies are, in a sense, open...

Blackburn to YouTube: Talented Creators at Risk of Infringement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in asking Google CEO Sundar Pichai to expand Content ID, YouTube’s copyright infringement technology, to more members of the creative community. The Senators have requested that YouTube send representatives to participate in a roundtable to answer their questions. Senators Tillis and Coons serve as chair and...

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,”...