Businesses across Washington state – and those that do business there – might want to brace themselves for another round of debate that could lead to the passage of California-style privacy legislation in 2021. After failures the past two years, lawmakers seem intent on resurrecting the proposal in the new year. What do you need to know about this possible development, and what can you do to prepare your business?
For the second year in a row, the Washington legislature failed to pass an ambitious consumer privacy protection bill into law.
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.