Ron DeSantis pushes the bill to take power away from Big Tech

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Monday said he will support legislation to shift the balance of power back to consumers in the state and away from Big Tech.

DeSantis, a Republican, spoke at a press conference in Tallahassee, announcing that he and Florida House leaders will present a bill (HB 969) that gives consumers the right to demand information about how companies use their data, so they in part can “preserve their privacy.”

“Today, we are taking another important step to hold Big Tech accountable and shift the balance of power back to consumers with the introduction of legislation to increase data protection and security in FL,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter.

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Earlier this month, DeSantis and Florida lawmakers announced a proposal to punish Big Tech companies – Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple and Amazon – which they accused of silencing conservative free speech.

“We have seen the strength of their censorship of individuals and organizations, including what I believe is clear point of view discrimination,” DeSantis said, according to Tampa Bay Times. “If a technology company deploys a candidate for elected office in Florida during the election, a company will, according to our proposal, have a daily fine of $ 100,000 until the candidate’s access to the platform is restored.”

The move came after former President Donald Trump was taken off social media after the deadly uprising at the US Capitol on January 6.

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“Floridians should not have to give up their most intimate information to use a mobile device, surf the Internet, or connect with friends and family on social media. The status quo has been a one-way street with Big Tech, and we can ‘t let it go. continue longer, “DeSantis said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions at a news conference on the expanded rollout of the Modern COVID-19 vaccine at Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital in Longwood, Fla. On January 4, 2021. (Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

Rep. Fiona McFarland, R-Sarasota sponsored the bill. She said that if the law becomes law, consumers would have the right to find out which data companies were collecting and suing if the rules were broken, Orlando Sentinel reported.

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The state could also sue companies if it thought it was “in the public interest” under the bill.

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