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Florida TaxWatch says lawmakers are right to consider bills regulating how personal data is shared or sold online, but the current proposals could end up costing Florida businesses billions of dollars.
The watchdog group released a report Thursday titled “Who Knows What? An Independent Analysis of the Potential Effects of Consumer Data Privacy Legislation in Florida.” The study examines experience data from existing consumer data privacy laws in other states to estimate similar laws’ impacts on Florida businesses.
“Privacy is so important to Floridians that it is a notion enshrined in our Constitution. Florida TaxWatch applauds legislative leaders for raising this issue because we agree with the nearly 80% of U.S. adults concerned about how their personal information is being used — we should find a proper way to protect personal data and information,” Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro said.
“But, as the trusted eyes and ears of Florida taxpayers, we have a responsibility to make sure leaders and decision-makers understand the costs and impact their plans have on Florida’s businesses.”
To date, California, Virginia and Colorado are the only states that have enacted comprehensive consumer data privacy legislation.
California businesses, for instance, are expected to face a $55 billion burden upfront to comply with California Consumer Privacy Act and California Privacy Rights Act. Keeping current could cost between $467 million to $16 billion over the next decade, with small firms facing a disproportionate share of the cost.
FTW’s analysis found that legislation considered by Florida last year would have cost businesses between $6.2 billion and $21 billion in year one and between $4.6 billion to $12.7 billion after that each year going forward.
“Moreover, if a bill passes with a private right of action provision, experience data suggests we can expect over 80 class-action lawsuits within the first year and a half, with an estimated $4.2 billion in litigation expenses and costs,” Calabro said.
“Strengthening personal privacy protections for consumers is critical, and we’re hopeful our analysis will inform these important conversations and debates during the upcoming Legislative Session.”
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