In my last post, I wrote about my impression that legislators and staff do not intend for HB 9 to apply to companies that merely “receive” personal information (i.e., those that do not engage in buying or selling personal information). Based on that understanding, I suggested the second threshold of the bill’s scope be
Comparing Florida’s Two Leading Privacy Bills
The Florida House of Representatives has introduced its version of a comprehensive privacy law (HB 9 – no fancy acronym, unlike the FPPA in the Senate). This blog post will explain the key differences between the House and Senate versions. I also propose two changes to the private right of action that would mitigate the risk of professional plaintiffs filing gotcha lawsuits. The post ends with a roadmap of what to expect moving forward in this legislative session.
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Florida Privacy Bill Passes Penultimate Legislative Hurdle; Significant Implications Follow
By a vote of 29-11, the Florida Senate passed its version of HB 969 and sent the bill back to the House for consideration of the rewritten version. At this point, there are only two legislative options remaining: (1) the House passes it without any changes, or (2) no privacy law is adopted in Florida during this legislative session. There is not enough time for the House to change the law again and have Senate reconsider/pass it by tomorrow. The odds are high that the House will pass HB 969 tomorrow and Governor DeSantis will sign it.
Assuming that’s the case, advocates on all sides of this law will have “won” and “lost” something, but the consequences of these last few months will have an enormous impact on privacy law moving forward for much more significant reasons than the bill itself. …
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The Long Game: Why Parler Has Everything To Do With Florida’s Privacy Legislation
Within the week, we will know whether Florida will adopt the most aggressive privacy law in the country, something more moderate, or nothing at all. But an issue that has not received enough attention is the reason HB 969 and SB 1734 have received more support in a “red” state than any other privacy law. It is a reason that will come full circle to adversely impact the contingency of supporters using privacy laws as a way to attack “Big Tech.”…
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HB 969 Passes the House; Eyes Turn to Senate and “The Big Dog”
The Florida House of Representatives has officially passed HB 969, which would create the most aggressive privacy law in the United States. The bill would apply to companies that generate $50 million or more in annual gross revenue and collect a significant amount of personal information about Florida residents. In addition to imposing CCPA-like…
Have Privacy Advocates Found A New Path Forward in Red States?
Today, the Florida House of Representatives Commerce Committee voted unanimously to allow HB 969, which would be the most aggressive privacy law in the country, to move forward for a full House floor vote. This post explains what happened, what will happen next, and some of the unique political forces and considerations behind HB 969. …
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Momentum Slows for Florida Privacy Law; What’s Next?
The Florida Senate appears poised to hit the brakes on privacy legislation that has thus far soared through committees in both legislative chambers. The House version (HB 969) and the Senate Version (SB 1734) would have not only created the same consumer privacy rights as the CCPA, the bills would have created massive private rights of action, far broader than any other privacy law in the United States.
Today, a “strike all” Committee Amendment was offered to the Senate version. TRANSLATION – the Senate Rules Committee, where SB 1734 is now pending, is proposing a “friendly amendment” that would strike the entirety of SB 1734 and replace it with a new version. …
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Senate Version of Florida Privacy Law Moves Forward; House Version Makes Class-Action Lawsuits Even Easier
The Florida Senate’s version of a new comprehensive privacy law (a.k.a. the “Florida Privacy Protection Act” (FPPA)) passed unscathed out of the Senate’s Committee on Commerce and Tourism yesterday. The bill’s sponsor fought off two proposed amendments: one that would have eliminated the private right of action and a second that would have required more than just a revenue threshold for the law to apply. This post describes what makes the FPPA more aggressive than the CCPA, it provides a summary of the Senate Committee hearing, and it shares some late-breaking news about the House version (HB 969).
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Must-Watch Television and Must-Listen-To Podcast Recommendations
Looking for something fun to watch on TV this weekend? How about a new podcast? I’ve got two great recommendations.…
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Florida Privacy Legislation Moves Forward
HB 969, a comprehensive privacy law that would immediately become the most onerous in the United States, sailed through the Florida House of Representatives’ Regulatory Reform Subcommittee yesterday.
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