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Seattle Times: Washington needs strong privacy law

By 3 December 2020No Comments

The Seattle Times reports on Seattle’s new draft privacy act which is due to get enacted in early 2021. Ironically, it seems state senator Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, who is championing the bill prefers the bill not to include a private right of action:

Washingtonians shouldn’t have to hire lawyers to enforce privacy violations when they’re already paying for a state law firm, the Attorney General’s Office, that’s supposed to protect consumers.

Carlyle’s proposal finds the right balance by increasing the Attorney General’s authority and directing civil penalties to a fund covering enforcement costs. It rightly precludes a private right of action, preventing the law from being exploited, weaponized and clogging courts.

On the other hand, the state’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson prefers to include it:

Ferguson insisted on a private right of action when Carlyle introduced the bill last session; it passed the Senate 46-1 but didn’t pass the House.

Read the story.

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