Overwhelmingly the Washington State Senate passes a sweeping Consumer Privacy Law, posed to be one of the strongest consumer data privacy protection statute in the country.
Senators voted 46-1, in favor of Senate Bill 6281, sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle of Seattle. In the Bill, the following summary was provided to outline the scope of the new law:
- Provides Washington residents with the consumer personal data rights of access, correction, deletion, data portability, and opt out of the processing of personal data for specified purposes.
- Specifies the thresholds a business must satisfy for the requirements set forth in this act to apply.
- Identifies certain controller responsibilities such as transparency, purpose specification, and data minimization.
- Requires controllers to conduct data protection assessments under certain conditions.
- Authorizes enforcement exclusively by the attorney general.
- Provides a regulatory framework for the commercial use of facial recognition services such as testing, training, and disclosure requirements.
As of today, the bill has been advanced to the House of Representatives and currently is in the Innovation, Technology & Economic Development Committee. Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Innovation, Technology & Economic Development on Feb 21 at 10:00 AM.
Ascension will be holding Privacy & Security presentations starting in April, if you wish to attend or wish to contact us regarding this new development, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 425-750-0760.