News Release: Florida Senate
Tallahassee – Today the Senate Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability unanimously approved Senate Bill 782, Government Data Practices. Sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg), the bill is intended to move the state toward a more uniform approach to the security, collection, maintenance, disposal and sharing of data.
“Protecting Floridians’ personal information is of the utmost importance in today’s digital world,” said Senator Brandes. “Senate Bill 782 requires rules that govern the secure disposal of data collected by agencies and ensures that government retains only the information it needs. Additionally, increasing accessibility to the non-identifying information currently collected by the state government will increase transparency and accountability and most importantly further Florida’s economy.”
Senate Bill 782 also creates pilot programs for publishing data in the health care field, where providing access to non-identifying information in a common format would increase citizen engagement through transparency and allow private entities to create applications, websites, or reports. Such products may prove beneficial to consumers, increase efficiency, and eventually help reduce health care costs.