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Here's Will Saunders' presentation on electronic records at WAPRO today

Alex had an opinion piece published in the Seattle times recently about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and safeguarding the data of Washingtonians.

"People justifiably feel a sense of outrage about the lack of control over personal information, but this situation evolved from our historic lack of data governance."

For links to the data controls in a variety of common online tools, check out our Social Media Controls page

Alex Alben, the Washington state Chief Privacy Officer testified in support of House Bill 2200 on January 18, 2018 -- a carry-over from last year's legislative session that enacts the old FCC privacy rules for internet service providers as state law.

Mr. Alben was testifying for the second time in support of this bill - the first was back in April 2017 when it first came before the legislature.




Google launched an app in mid-January allowing users to match selfies with depictions of famous people throughout history.  “Google Arts & Culture” quickly became the most popular free application offered on both the Apple and Google platforms.  People seem to like the idea of finding out what famous work of art from a museum might match their own likeness.

This application uses the “facial geometry” of a user’s photograph to match the facial geometry of a portrait, perhaps painted by Leonardo Da Vinci or Andy Warhol.  This technology is a biometric identifier, because a person... Read more

One of the most important things we do in the Privacy Office is training and outreach for Washingtonians on privacy issues.

Libraries have been staunch defenders of privacy in Washington, and in the past six months we've been able to connect with very engaged audiences at library events.

Take a look at the video and let us know what you think. Should we do more online video?


Alex Alben's talk for the King County library system was recorded and posted online:



The Washington State Library's monthly continuing education offering "... Read more


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