Should Washington State Embrace European-Style Privacy Laws?

From: Government Technology

A series of proposals in the state Legislature could bring new transparency and privacy rules for residents, but many states have been slow to embrace similar limits on how companies use and share customer data.

by Joseph O’Sullivan, The Seattle Times


“America, you know, is behind the rest of the world in terms of privacy protections for consumers,” said Alex Alben, the state’s chief privacy officer. “It’s not a secret that people are really upset when they see their data used in ways they didn’t intend.”

The misuse of data, by one metric at least, is daunting: In a recent 12-month period, breaches in personal data affected nearly 3.4 million Washingtonians, according to a report by the state Attorney General’s Office. That’s more than half the state population.

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