Significant progress, although still a ways to go: privacy and facial recognition legislation advances in Washington State

After a dramatic debate on the floor, the Washington House voted to send improved versions of two key bills back to the Senate. Now, the lobbying will get even more intense, as the tech industry and law enforcement try to convince legislators to return to the really bad versions of the bills the Senate passed earlier. But momentum’s on the side of the community, consumer, and privacy groups who have been pressing for improvements — so let’s continue to press for more.