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Since our inception at the beginning of 2016, the Office of Privacy and Data Protection has been chartered as the focal point for privacy efforts in Washington state.  We hit the ground running with the publication of our Privacy Guide for Washington State Citizens, which has been distributed through public libraries, senior centers and other venues. Please let us know if you want a copy!  We have revised our Privacy.wa.gov web site, adding news stories and over 50 Tips and Tools to protect your privacy.  

In terms of data security, we work closely with our Chief Information Security Officer, because our ideas for protecting state data depends on their excellent work. We have started to review and update our inter-agency data sharing agreements, trying to streamline the process whenever possible.

Inside state government, we formed a Privacy Working Group and began privacy training for state agencies and programs.  We drafted new template Privacy Policies for state agencies.  At the end of the year, we will publish a privacy assessment of how our state agencies are doing in terms of promoting and implementing “best practices” in the privacy arena.  According to statute, our office will do privacy training, coordinate data protection and security measures inside the Office of the CIO, review major projects that include personally identifiable information and articulate principles and practices for state agencies, among other tasks.  We also study broadband access across the state and report our findings to the legislature.   For full details, view Executive Order 16-01.

Our office also plays “point guard” for the state’s efforts relating to Open Data.  We also advise the governor’s office and the legislature on the privacy impact of new technologies.

Please utilize this web site and its resources and let us know what you think.

Sincerely,

Alex Alben
Chief Privacy Officer for Washington state

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