At the outset of the 2020 Washington state legislative session, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Washington Privacy Act (SB 6281).
If enacted, this critical legislation would be the most comprehensive data privacy law in the nation. The law would help address growing concerns about privacy protection in the digital age and strengthen trust in technology.
“It has never been more important for state governments to take bold and meaningful action in the arena of consumer-data privacy,” said State Senator Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), lead sponsor of the bill.
“[I]t is important to enact strong data privacy protections to demonstrate our state’s leadership on what we believe will be one of the defining issues of our generation,” writes Julie Brill. Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Global Privacy and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Privacy Officer.
“The Washington Privacy Act is the most comprehensive state privacy legislation proposed to date,” said Future of Privacy Forum CEO Jules Polonetsky.
Washington Privacy Act: News and Analysis
Below are links to coverage and analysis that shed light on this legislation and why it’s important to Washington consumers and businesses:
- The New Washington Privacy Act Raises the Bar for Privacy in the United States – Microsoft on the Issues
- It’s Raining Privacy Bills: An Overview of the Washington State Privacy Act and other Introduced Bills – Future of Privacy Forum
- Will Olympia Crack Down on How Companies Use Your Personal Data? – Seattle Times
- Want More Control of Your Online Data? This Bill in the Legislature Could Help – Tacoma News Tribune
We encourage you to support this bill by emailing your state lawmakers today.