Privacy Law Update: April 19, 2021

Apr 19, 2021 | Privacy Law Update

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Written by Rick Buck, Chief Privacy Officer, WireWheel

This was a quiet week for State privacy bills. The Washington Privacy act did not pass in session this week. The 2021 legislative session ends April 25. If the WPA does not pass the House, this would be the third year in a row a version of the legislation has failed.

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Pending State Privacy Legislation

Washington Senate Bill 5062: The Washington state House of Representatives failed to advance the Washington Privacy Act Sunday, its last day to pass the bill this session, but its fate is not yet set in stone. While April 11 was the deadline for non-fiscal bills to pass out of the House, sources indicate the chamber is still negotiating a compromise, and a representative of sponsor State Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Wash., said he believes “the bill remains alive through the end of the legislative session.” Carlyle declined to provide further details. April 25 is the last day of the 2021 legislative session. If the WPA does not pass the House, this would be the third year in a row a version of the legislation has failed.

Reference the IAPP State Comparison Chart for complete status and comparison of the many pending state laws.

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