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Floridians,

Today, I released an Op-Ed in the Gainesville Sun on liability protections: “Let’s Get Florida Working.” The Op-Ed highlights my recently issued three guiding principles for liability protections aimed at helping lawmakers as they craft bills.

This week, I also warned Floridians who were planning to shop online during Amazon Prime Day to beware of online scams and learn ways to protect themselves from fraud. While Florida consumers are shopping for deals online through Amazon or other online retailers, it’s imperative that you stay on guard for fraud and learn the warning signs of online scams. If you are suspicious of fraud, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com.

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Secondly, I provided to U.S. Senator Rick Scott, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) report of Twitter following a July 2020 hack of high-profile accounts, including Former President Barack Obama, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Kim Kardashian. The information from the FDLE report will support inquiries by the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, who recently voted to subpoena Big Tech CEOs including Twitter, Facebook, and Google. I appreciate FDLE for their work in this report, and we’re providing it to Congress for their continued deliberations. If Twitter won’t fix their own mess, Congress should fix it for them.

I encourage all individuals and businesses to take action today to 'Be Cyber Smart' and learn how to protect your identity online to ensure you don’t fall victim to fraud.


Sincerely,

Jimmy
Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

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