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STATEMENT: CFO Letter to Florida Legislature on Protecting Personal Information

If you are covering the recent letter from CFO Jimmy Patronis to the Florida Legislature, please contribute the following quote to DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes:

“I thank CFO Patronis for taking the initiative to champion such an important issue. Protecting our customers’ personal identifying information is critical, which is why the department took immediate action and terminated its agreement with the entity in question. However, public records exemptions must be applied consistently across all types of records in Florida law. The department fully supports any proposal that seeks to limit the amount of personal identifying information that may be provided under Florida law, as it will undoubtedly make it harder to obtain Floridians’ most valuable possession: their identity.”