TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an executive order Thursday aimed at protecting Florida residents and businesses from influence on behalf of foreign countries of concern.
DeSantis said his executive order prohibits “government entities from procuring technologies commodities and services from companies owned by, controlled by, or domiciled in foreign countries of concern,” which include China, Iran, Russia, and Cuba.
DeSantis said some foreign goods and services, like the Chinese-owned social media app, TikTok, pose a “national security risk” in their efforts to mine personal data. He added that Floridian’s personal information obtained by government entities should remain secured as well.
“We do not want to see malign foreign influence in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said, adding that personal information “should not be in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
The governor also proposed to enact legislation that would impose penalties for corporate espionage.