Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation to Create a Digital Bill of Rights for Floridians

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation to Create a Digital Bill of Rights for Floridians
THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (SB) 262, creating the Digital Bill of Rights. The legislation also requires Google and other large search engines to disclose whether they prioritize search results based on political ideology. Additionally, SB 262 prevents government-led censorship by prohibiting state or local government employees from colluding with Big Tech companies to censor protected speech.
 
The newly created Digital Bill of Rights includes: 
  • The right to control personal data, including the right to confirm, access, and delete your personal data from a social platform; 
  • The right to know that your personal data will not be used against you when purchasing a home, obtaining health insurance, or being hired; 
  • The right to know how internet search engines manipulate search results; 
  • The right to opt out of having personal data sold; and 
  • The right to protect children from personal data collection.
To read more about the legislation, click here.
Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation to Create a Digital Bill of Rights for Floridians
 
“Floridians should have the right to control their own personal data,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “If a multibillion-dollar company is conspiring to take your data and sell it or use it against you, it is your right to be able to protect that data. No longer will the Big Tech oligarchs be able to commandeer your personal information and deprive you of the right to access, confirm, or delete that data as you wish.”
 
SB 262 gives consumers the right to confirm, access, and delete their personal data from a social media platform and allows users to opt out of the processing of personal data for the purposes of targeted advertising and the sale of personal data. Additionally, users will be allowed to opt out of the collection of personal data through voice recognition. This bill adds biometric data and geolocation information to the definition of personal information under the Florida Information Protection Act.
 
This legislation also protects children in online spaces by prohibiting online platforms that provide a service, game, product, or feature to children from processing the personal information of any child or collecting, selling, sharing, or retaining any personal information that is not necessary to provide an online service, product, or feature.
 
Additionally, this bill will require that an online search engine publishes an up-to-date plain language description of the main parameters that are most significant in determining ranking and the relative importance of those main parameters, including the prioritization or de-prioritization of political partisanship or political ideology in search results.
 
SB 262 will also prohibit government employees from using their position to communicate with social media platforms to remove content or accounts from the platform. Additionally, a governmental entity may not initiate or maintain any agreements or working relationships with a social media platform for the purpose of content moderation.
 
This bill builds on legislation the Governor signed recently, SB 662, to protect the online information of Florida’s students by creating the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act. That law substantially restricts online operators from collecting, disclosing, or selling student data that is used for school purposes. Additionally, the legislation prohibits online operators from engaging in targeted advertising practices based on information collected from educational technology and prohibits the online operators from sharing, selling, or renting student data to third parties.
 
###

Originally published at https://www.flgov.com/2023/06/06/governor-ron-desantis-signs-legislation-to-create-a-digital-bill-of-rights-for-floridians/

business banners

Latest posts

Mental Health Television Network (MHTN) Expands Reach with Launch on Netgem in UK and Ireland

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA, May 8, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Mental Health Television Network (MHTN), the groundbreaking media platform focused on mental...

Victors Home Solutions and Habitat for Humanity Team Up to Help Local Veteran

Victors Home Solutions and Habitat for Humanity are providing a new roof for Kevin Hill, a coast guard veteran of six years and Detroit...

Studio Supreme’s movie “Kite” to Screen at the 2024 Malibu Film Festival

Kite directed by Olivier Hero Dressen and produced by Camilla Wang. Official Selection at Malibu International Film Festival Caught in a...

Retired Sergeants Return to Department as Investigative Specialists

Within the Miami-Dade Police Department's Personnel Management Bureau, Ms. Dorothy Dorsett and Mr. James Dixon serve as investigative specialists. Their responsibility is to conduct...

Miami-Dade County Files Response to the City of Miami Petition

On August 9, 2021, Miami-Dade County filed its response to the City of Miami’s appeal in the Coconut Grove Playhouse case to the Third...

Discovery of The Newest Way Malicious Competitors Can Steal Businesses’ Local SEO

Newest Way Malicious Competitors Can Steal Your Local SEO Malicious competitors can use Google Business Profile to steal SEO by suggesting...

Kensington Vanguard Expands to Chicago

NEW YORK, May 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Kensington Vanguard National Land Services ("KV"), one of the largest independent, full-service national title insurance agencies in...
celebrity reality tv