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News on digital privacy and data protection.

The Innovation, Technology & Economic Development Committee held a great work session September 13th on privacy bills, ideas and problems. Topics of interest included online privacy of children, freemium privacy options, Public Disclosure Commisison data and perspectives, legislative efforts at the federal level, the private right of action in privacy legislation, and property interests in personal data.

Resources: Presentation documents from Committee staff Yelena Baker, and NCSL reference materials on state privacy laws

Here's the Video from TVW


The Privacy Office is circulating the following draft Data Stewardship Principles among agency stakeholders for comment.

Stakeholder groups contibuting feedback include:

- agency privacy officers

- data sharing agreements specialists

- enterprise architects

- information security profesisonals

The principles are based  on this UN document: Guidance on Big Data

Here's the presentation we're using.

Got comments?  Use the ContactUs form.


Every year the Privacy Office does a review and assessment of agency privacy practices, challenges and needs.  The first step is a survey completed by agencies - part of the annual technology policy certification process from the state CIO.  Agencies working on the survey can find instructions here, or can contact the privacy office for direct help.  

Chief Privacy Officer Alex Alben testified in support of Senate Bill 5376 yesterday as it was considered and approved by the Ways and Means Committee.


Here's the video of Alex's testimony




And here's the text:

Senate Ways and Means Committee Hearing February 27, 2019

Testimony by Alex Alben, Chief Privacy Officer for the State of Washington

Dear Members of the Committee:

I appreciate the opportunity to come here today and share my perspective on SB 5376, The Washington Privacy Act.  This proposal, if adopted by the... Read more

Senator Reuven Carlyle and State Chief Privacy Officer Alex Alben appeared on "Inside Olympia" for an extended discussion of privacy policy, surveillance, and the role of the state.


The industry of data (link) Sensible guidelines (link) What do you have about me? Right of access (link) Stay focused on the consumer (link) State action does matter (link) Filling the gaps (link) Algorithm bill “discrimination is illegal” (link)

Here's the full show video from TVW




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