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Seattle Times: Washington needs strong privacy law

By 3 December 2020June 5th, 2022Privacy News

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.

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