Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, July 25th, 2019, 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.
Senator Blackburn on Fox Business’ Making Money with Charles Payne
PAYNE: “The Department of Justice now officially opening an antitrust review of Big Tech….You have the BROWSER Act, you have Senator McSally joining. It’s a big broadening, bipartisan effort on your part. What do you want to see come out of this DOJ probe?”
BLACKBURN: “What we want to see come out of this is the American public protected, that they have the toolbox to protect their Virtual You, and that they own their data. These Big Tech companies have gotten filthy rich.”
Senator Blackburn on Bloomberg TV with David Westin
“The American public, the online public, they have finally realized that when they are on these social media apps, they are the product, because these apps and these interfaces are data-mining you – whether it is YouTube or Facebook or Google.”
“These social media platforms are really big advertising companies because they sell your data to third parties and you don’t know that they are benefiting from your data. The better, more high-quality your data is, the more money they make.”
Senator Blackburn on Yahoo Finance Live with Adam Shapiro and Julie Hyman
“Sensitive data – your personally identified information – your social security number, your bank accounts, financial information, healthcare information, things of that nature that you consider to be personally identifying information… the consumer needs the ability to protect that information in the virtual space, just as they do in the physical space.”
Senator Blackburn introduced the BROWSER Act in the Senate on April 10th, 2019.