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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

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Before coming to Washington, D.C., I had a long career in the technology sector, where I had the opportunity to work on everything from embedded systems to e-commerce. As co-founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet of Things Caucus, I am working to help educate other Members of Congress so the work we do is forward-looking and grounded in the realities of the 21st century.   

Privacy
As Internet-connected devices continue to proliferate and change the way we work, play, and live, ensuring we have strong, up-to-date privacy laws in place is critical. Right now, we have too many out-of-date laws on the books that fail to protect Americans’ privacy and leave a great deal of uncertainty for U.S. companies doing business domestically and overseas.

In the 114th Congress, I’ve helped introduce several bills that would address these issues and  update our privacy laws.  

  • The Online Communication and Geolocation Protection Act: Requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant before service providers disclose any electronic communications content (email, text, chat logs, etc.) or geolocation information.
  • The Surveillance Order Reporting Act: Permits electronic service providers to publicly report government requests and demands for information and exempts providers from liability even if the provider would otherwise be prohibited by law from reporting that information.
  • The Secure Data Act: Prohibits a federal agency from requiring or requesting a manufacturer, developer, or seller of any computer hardware, software, or electronic device made available to the general public to design or alter the security functions to allow the surveillance of any user or the physical search of such product by any agency.
  • Email Privacy Act: Requires the government to obtain a warrant before requiring providers to disclose the content of communications regardless of how long the communication has been held in electronic storage by an electronic communication service or whether the information is sought from an electronic communication service or a remote computing service.
  • Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act: Requires the government to obtain a warrant before requiring providers to disclose the contents of a U.S. person’s wire or electronic communication in electronic storage with or otherwise stored, held, or maintained by the provider overseas.

Telecommunications
According to some estimates, the number of wireless devices will hit 8 billion by 2016. With the growing use of these devices comes exponentially growing demand for wireless spectrum. To meet that demand, we need to ensure we are using spectrum efficiently so that innovative new technologies can continue to thrive and consumers can safely and reliably use their devices. I cosponsored the Wi-Fi Innovation Act to open access to unlicensed spectrum, and to bring wireless access to currently underserved communities. I will continue to look for opportunities to open more spectrum in ways that responsibly balance innovation and public safety. 

Intellectual Property
Strong intellectual property protections are at the heart of the U.S. innovation economy. Without policies that protect innovators, we cannot continue to lead the world in both technology and entertainment. But we also have to ensure that systems designed to protect inventors are not abused by bad actors, draining critical capital from the economy that would be better used for hiring workers or research and development. That’s why, in the 113th Congress, I voted for bipartisan patent reform legislation that would help curb abusive patent litigation while continuing to protect the rights of inventors. I will continue to work with my colleagues toward meaningful patent reform in the 114th Congress, as well as updating our copyright laws to better suit the needs of the digital age.   

More on Technology

May 3, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Bill Flores (R-Texas), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) have formed and will serve as co-chairs of  Congressional Caucus on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Technologies for the 115th Congress. The co-chairs released the following joint statement regarding formation of the caucus:
May 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today launched the congressional Digital Trade Caucus to promote a U.S. trade policy that works in the digital economy.
Apr 27, 2017 In The News
If you’re not happy with the high-occupancy toll lanes on I-405 that allow drivers who can afford it pay a fee to escape slower traffic, imagine the same two tiers for users on the information super highway.
Apr 23, 2017 In The News
Science itself may be nonpartisan, but the March for Science this weekend simply couldn’t be.
Apr 12, 2017 Press Release
MOUNT VERNON – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County to donate computers and highlight the devastating effects of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts on our community — including this important afterschool program.
Apr 5, 2017 In The News
This week, I spent a few days in the “other Washington” where I had the opportunity to meet with the members of our federal legislative delegation and their staffs. I shared with them the invaluable, vital work that our University of Washington community does to expand the frontiers of scientific research, improve healthcare, develop creativity through the arts and provide quality and affordable education to our students.
Mar 15, 2017 In The News
It’s arguable that few agencies better exemplified the Obama administration’s approach to technology, innovation and their combination in government than the U.S. Digital Service.
Mar 15, 2017 In The News
Suzan DelBene had a long career in technology before coming to Congress. The Washington state Democrat served as CEO and president of Nimble Technology, a business software company, and spent 12 years at Microsoft. “Updating our laws to reflect the way the world works in the 21st century has been one of my top priorities in Congress,” she says. “When current law affords more protections for a letter in a filing cabinet than an email on a server, it’s clear our policies are woefully outdated.”
Mar 14, 2017 In The News
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced four members of the U.S. House of Representatives as the association's 2017 Digital Patriot Honorees. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX) will be honored at CTA's 13th annual Digital Patriots Dinner at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery on April 4.
Feb 17, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) along with Congressman Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Congresswoman Lofgren (D-CA), and Congresswoman DelBene (D-WA) introduced H.R. 1110, Stop Mass Hacking Act. This is the companion bill to legislation introduced on the Senate side by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY).

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