Washington House committee moves forward with consumer first data privacy legislation

OLYMPIA – The Washington state House of Representatives is moving forward data privacy legislation that puts consumer protections first.

The Washington Privacy Act (Second Substitute Senate Bill 6281) was passed out of the House committee on Appropriations on Monday, March 2 with a 19 to 14 vote. The legislation passed strengthens the ability of consumers to exercise newly proposed data privacy rights in Washington state.

“Our Legislature should pass a bill that centers on protecting consumers as much as possible,” said Rep. Zack Hudgins, chair of the House committee on Innovation, Technology and Economic Development (ITED). “Our number one priority should be giving consumers the full ability to exercise their rights under the Washington Consumer Protection Act.”

The House language of the 2020 Washington Privacy Act has support, from the Washington State Attorney General, Washington State Association for Justice and Consumer Reports.

The legislation has been referred to the House Rules committee. If passed out of Rules, the Washington Privacy Act will be up for consideration by a full vote of the House before returning to the Senate to vote on the House amendments.

The 60-day legislative session will conclude on March 12, 2020.