DeSantis Enacts the 'Digital Bill of Rights' in Florida

DeSantis Enacts the 'Digital Bill of Rights' in Florida

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
June 6, 2023

Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed legislation to grant Floridians their new “Digital Bill of Rights.” Also known as Senate Bill 262, this framework addresses big tech companies such as Google that allegedly “prioritize search results based on political ideology.”

Moreover, the Digital Bill of Rights gives Floridians the ability to control personal data. This includes the right to “confirm, access, and delete your personal data from a social platform,” as well as the knowledge that your data will not be used against your interests when acquiring a house, health insurance, or employment.

Florida residents will also be able to opt out of having personal data sold.

“Floridians should have the right to control their own personal data,” said Gov. 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.”

On May 31st, Gov. DeSantis signed SB 662, the Student Online Personal Information Protection bill, which “prohibits operators from knowingly engaging in specified activities related to students’ covered information.” The new Digital Bill of Rights expands upon this bill.

In mid-May, DeSantis banned the usage of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in the Sunshine State.

With this action, “Big Brother’s Digital Dollar” currently cannot be used in Florida. DeSantis believes that with fed controlled digital currency, the government and credit card companies could “have the power to shut off access to your hard-earned money because they disagree with your politics.”

"SB 7054 prohibits the use of a federally adopted central bank digital currency (CBDC) by excluding it from the definition of money within Florida’s Uniform Commercial Code," according to the Governor's office. "Additionally, the bill prohibits foreign-issued CBDC to protect consumers against globalist efforts to adopt a worldwide digital currency."

DeSantis said this move was proof that his administration was “going on offense.”

"We are on offense in the State of Florida. We are leading. We are getting ahead of issues. And we are making sure that your freedoms are protected against threats that may not necessarily be here right now but are developing. That I think is the hallmark of good leadership,” DeSantis said.

The Florida Governor announced his bid for the White House in late May, and launched his presidential campaign in Iowa last week.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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