Washington State Debates New Privacy Bills19 Apr, 2017 By: Doug McPherson
OLYMPIA, Wash. – One day after President Donald Trump signed the law repealing broadband privacy rules, legislators from both parties in the state of Washington introduced bills in its senate and house to reinstate those protections statewide.
Reportedly, 27 other states have introduced similar reinstatement bills.
In Washington, 75 of the house’s 99 representatives from both parties are supporting an Internet provider privacy bill. Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson also support it.
“The absence of a federal law of privacy protection is a real problem,” Inslee said. “The question is whether the state should jump in right now. The state of Washington needs these privacy protections.”
Inslee has voiced skepticism about the ability of a fractured federal government to reinstate such a privacy law in the foreseeable future.
Washington’s state senate introduced a similar bill with 35 out of 49 state senators signing on. Some legislators say the two bills have been introduced too late in the session to be properly vetted and discussed – and therefore passed.
The Washington house calls for Internet service providers to:
- Provide notice and to obtain users’ consent to use, disclose, or permit access to certain customer information.
- Provide notice of privacy policies and to take reasonable data security measures.
- Notify customers following a data breach.
Some of the Washington lawmakers also are coordinating efforts among the 27 states developing their own ISP privacy bills.