Washington’s legislature is trying to pass the weak, industry-backed Bad Washington Privacy Act for the fourth year in a row, as well as a different bill advanced from the House. Legislators seem to have agreed that either both bills pass, or none will. Whether together or separate, these bills theoretically protect people’s privacy, but don’t … Read more
Email sent to the members of the Washington State House of Representatives, February 15, about an op-ed published on February 14. Speaker Jinkins, Minority Leader Wilcox, and Members of the House of Representatives, I am writing in response to yesterday’s misleading op-ed published in the Seattle Times, where Michael Schutzler of Washington Technology Industry Alliance … Read more
A quick roundup on where the Washington legislature is on privacy bills: ❓ HB 1850, the Foundational Data Privacy Act ❓ is in the House 💰 Appropriations 💰 committee. The bill is NTIB (Necessary To Impement Budget), so the usual deadlines don’t apply. Representatives Slatter and Berg, the bill’s sponsors, are working with legislators, activists, … Read more
WA People’s Privacy Network was one of the 20+ organizations that signed on to this letter, sent today to Speaker Jinkins, Minority Leader Wilcox, and the members of Washington’s House of Representatives. Dear Speaker Jinkins, Minority Leader Wilcox, and Members of the House of Representatives, We, the Tech Equity Coalition, alongside organizations representing diverse communities … Read more
Will the Foundational Data Privacy Act (HB 1850) protect people — or corporations?
Washington’s legislature wants to pass a privacy law. But will it be a strong law that protects people? Or a weak law that lets Facebook, Google, Amazon and other big companies to exploit and abuse our data? This week’s House floor vote on HB 1850, the Foundational Data Privacy Act, is a key test. Our … Read more
Grasssroots activists have been suggesting improvements in HB 1850, in testimony at the hearing, emails to the Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee, and meetings with the bill’s sponsor. Here’s a letter 20 activists sent the committee last night, in preparation for today’s exec session. Chair Hansen, Ranking Member Walsh, and members … Read more
The civil rights, immigrant rights, and civil liberties groups in the Tech Equity Coalition are focusing on three privacy bills this session: 💜 People’s Privacy Act (PPA) – Rep. Kloba’s HB 1433 💜 ❓ Foundational Data Privacy Act (FDPA) – Reps. Slatter and Berg’s HB 1850 ❓ 👎🏽 Bad Washington Privacy Act (Bad WPA) – Sen. … Read more