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Washington State Privacy Act: Is the 3rd Time the Charm?

Updated April 12, 2021 at 11:30am: Sunday night's House session ended without a vote on the Washington Privacy Act. The House proposed twenty-five amendments to the bill that weren't debated prior to the end of the session, not allowing for a vote. At this time, it is unclear if the bill will still be under consideration. We will update as we learn more. 

The state of Washington has made alterations to the proposed consumer privacy act, SB 5062, in the hopes that it can be the latest privacy legislation to pass. Previous attempts to pass the Washington Privacy Act have been halted due to disagreement on the limited private right of action. In an effort to compromise, adjustments have been made to that portion of the bipartisan bill.

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CCPA 2.0/CPRA (California Privacy Rights Act) – Teetering On the Edge

Despite missing the April 21, 2020 target date, the advocacy group, Californians for Consumer Privacy, is still moving forward with their attempt to qualify the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) on the November 2020 ballot. This new ballot initiative has until June 25, 2020, to get at least 623,212 signatures verified by state and county officials but it’s a complicated and perilous process to secure a spot in the general elections, as explained by Michael Hellbusch from Rutan & Tucker.

The CPRA is often referred to as the "CCPA 2.0" and will revamp the consumer privacy law by expanding upon the privacy protections initially introduced in the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The new proposed Act creates new rights allowing consumers to stop businesses from using sensitive personal information, safeguarding children's privacy by tripling fines for collecting and selling children's private data, extending the exemption for employment data and establishing an enforcement body the California Privacy Protection Agency.

There is a lot to consider in these new proposals and even the potential exemption for employee data is less of a benefit. Given the outcome will not be known until November, businesses will have to start preparations for a "no pass" scenario and start thinking about how they may need to respond to access and deletion requests from employees, contractors, job applicants, and business contacts beginning in 2021.

 

Monique Becenti
About Monique Becenti
Monique Becenti is the Product Marketing Manager at Truyo. She has deep technical knowledge in technology with an emphasis on data privacy.
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