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Dorothy Hukill looking at ‘cryptocurrency’ bill next year

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State Sen. Dorothy Hukill says she’s aiming to file legislation next year covering the use of “cryptocurrencies” such as bitcoin. “We’ve been learning a lot about it,” the Port Orange Republican said Wednesday. “We don’t really have any way to regulate it in Florida.” Cryptocurrency is online money, “decentralized digital currency beyond the reach of banks and governments,” as Fortune magazine recently defined it. Its use is growing, albeit gradually: Former Libertarian candidate for attorney general Bill Wohlsifer accepts bitcoin as…

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Bill filed to protect students from online marketing

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A state senator has filed legislation to protect Florida’s K-12 students from websites that mine personal information online. Tallahassee Democrat Bill Montford, a former county schools superintendent, filed his bill (SB 1146) Wednesday. The “Student Online Personal Information Protection Act” says websites and applications aimed at students can’t “target” their advertising, create marketing profiles or sell any “personally identifiable information” they may glean. It allows exceptions as long as the purpose is not “in the furtherance of advertising or to…

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