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Marsha Blackburn Report: Safeguarding The Virtual You

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked me to chair the Judiciary Committee’s Tech Task Force, and I was honored to lead our first meeting on Thursday. We heard from executives at Snap, Inc., Match Group, Salesforce and Mozilla.

The Task Force will meet regularly to hold roundtable discussions that focus on privacy, data security, antitrust, competition, prioritization, censorship and other issues as they arise. Keeping our families safe online is a bipartisan issue, and I’m pleased Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has agreed to co-chair the Tech Task Force with me. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn Holds First Judiciary Committee Tech Task Force Meeting

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Thursday, July 18th, 2019, 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.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Montgomery County Commission Special Meeting set for July 25th

 

Montgomery County Government TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – On Thursday, July 25th, 2019 a Special Budget meeting has been requested by Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett has requested at 6:00pm to correct a procedural error.

On Tuesday, during preparation of the official documents reflecting the actions taken at the Montgomery County Commission Meeting of July 15th, 2019, the County Clerk’s office discovered that after amendment of Resolution 19-7-4 to establish a tax rate in Montgomery County, Tennessee, at $2.99, the main motion then, as amended, was not called to the floor for a vote.

Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett

Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett

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Marsha Blackburn says Your Data is the Bedrock of Tech Companies’ Revenue

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Thursday, July 18th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor about the bipartisan BROWSER Act and the dangers of FaceApp ahead of the first Senate Judiciary Tech Task Force meeting she is leading this afternoon.

“A quick scroll through an average Instagram feed this morning revealed post after post of artificially-aged faces—all thanks to FaceApp, who now owns those images, and can do whatever they like with them,” said Senator Blackburn. “Don’t mistake that recklessness for trust. Ask anyone who downloaded that app last night how they feel about it this afternoon.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn speaking about the BROWSER Act.

Senator Marsha Blackburn speaking about the BROWSER Act.

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

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Tuesday, July 16th, 2019, 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 top of the list,” said Senator Blackburn. “I feel like you all push the boundaries until your hand gets slapped.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Blackburn Report: Senator Marsha Blackburn visits Border with Vice President Mike Pence

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – We continue to hear about the crisis at our southern border. As the situation becomes more and more dire, it is important that both sides of the aisle work together on solving this issue.

On Friday, the Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee saw firsthand the work being done to secure our border. We spoke with border patrol officers, toured the McAllen Border Patrol Station, and spoke with detained migrants. What the cartels are telling them in Central America, or any of the other 60 countries where individuals have arrived from, is not what happens when they arrive on U.S. soil.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn joins Fox News’ ‘We the People’ Live Audience Special

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Fox News’ The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton on the hour-long, ‘We the People’ live audience special with Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) and Fox News Contributor Lisa Boothe.

The special featured a wide-ranging conversation driven by audience questions regarding about immigration, trade, 2020, and more.

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn on Fox News.

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn on Fox News.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Protecting Children From Sexual Predators

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C – On Monday, July 8th, 2019, I wrote to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and urged him to protect our children from being exposed to sexual predators and explicit adult content. Disappearing pictures, a location-sharing feature and limited parental controls make the app a child predator’s dream.

I heard back from Snapchat and am glad to report they are receptive to my concerns. I look forward to meeting with them to discuss how we can protect our children.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn says Snapchat is a Child Predator’s Dream

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Thursday, July 11th, 2019 Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business’ Mornings with Maria to discuss her latest work on privacy and Big Tech, including her letter to Snapchat urging them to protect children from child predators. She also discussed the ongoing crisis at the southern border and the need to pass the USMCA.

On Snapchat and Big Tech: “The Snapchat letter that I sent this week deals with the way pornography is made public on their site. The ratings are wrong on these apps,  Parents need to be aware.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn, Edward Markey Introduce Bill Prioritizing Release of Political Prisoners in Burma

 

Bill requires Secretary of State to take further action to end detaining of political prisoners and promote free expression

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. –  On Wednesday, July 10th, 2019, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that advocates for the release of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Burma.

Despite a campaign pledge that the National League for Democracy (NLD) “would not arrest anyone as political prisoners,” it has failed to fulfill this promise since its historic electoral victory in the 2015 parliamentary elections.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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