Washington State privacy act moves ahead

Seattle – South Lake Union

On Friday, March 22, 2019,  the Washington State House of Representative’s Committee on Innovation, Technology and Economic Development held its first public hearing on the proposed privacy legislation, SB 5376.

The Washington privacy act, SB 5376, was introduced January 17, 2019 and passed its third reading in the Senate with 46 votes (against 1) on March 6, 2019.

SB 5376 identifies the obligations of controller and processor.

It requires controllers to facilitate subject data’s requests to exercise consumer rights regarding access, correction, deletion, restriction of processing, data portability, and objection of direct marketing purposes.

SB 5376 requires controllers to conduct risk assessments under certain conditions and for those using facial recognition to meet certain requirements.

If approved, the bill would go into effect December 31, 2020.

The bill follows the waves of the California Consumers Privacy Act (CCPA). Washington is not the only state introducing a privacy act. The following states introduced privacy legislation this year: Connecticut (Raised S.B. No. 1108); Hawaii (SB418); Massachusetts (Bill S.120); Maryland (SB0613); Nevada (SB 220); North Dakota (HB 1485); New Mexico (SB 176); New York (SB S224); and Rhode Island (S0234).


More on the Washington Privacy Act (SB 5376) is available at https://app.leg.wa.gov…



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