For the second year in a row, the Washington legislature failed to pass an ambitious consumer privacy protection bill into law.
As people across the world react to the rapid spread of COVID-19, a new threat is emerging; individuals and employers face a risk from hackers trying to take advantage of the demand for information. Hackers have begun using fake government reports, health fact sheets, and tracking maps to deliver malware and harvest personal or sensitive data from people seeking out information on the coronavirus.
California’s all-inclusive privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which took effect on January 1, 2020, has already been cited in numerous lawsuits. Over this next year, employers are likely to see lawsuits testing the waters of the new statute. For now, the first wave of CCPA lawsuits raise several unsettled questions and serve as an important reminder to implement procedures to bring your business in compliance.
While the federal government continues to work on a national program of consumer privacy safeguards, Washington is on the brink of joining California in a West Coast wave of consumer privacy legislation. In January 2020, a bipartisan group of Washington legislators presented new legislation for a privacy act that looks to surpass the recent California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) as the most protective consumer privacy act in the country.