DeSantis says Florida lawmakers need to pass strong data privacy law

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Capitol News Service)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday that he wants big tech companies to be forced to tell Floridians in detail how personal information is being collected, analyzed, and sold.

DeSantis said there is new proposed legislation that will allow consumers in Florida to have a right to decide how their personal information, including biometric data, is used.

“We are going to shift the balance of power back to consumers,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis said the new legislative proposal will help to protect Floridians’ data privacy if it passes the Florida House and Senate.

“It is unbelievable the amount of information ... that they are constantly pulling,” DeSantis said.

Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls said the strong data privacy law also applies to genetic privacy and it will change the dynamic between customers and big tech.

“It allows users to request deletion or correction of personal information,” Sprowls said about the proposed legislation, adding “The days in which you had no control will soon be over.”

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