Washington State Lawmakers Reach Deadline Without Passing Privacy Act, But Reach Agreement on Amendments to Breach Notification Law

From Covington & Burling:

The Washington Privacy Act stalled this April in the state’s House of Representatives, and will likely not reappear again for discussion until the 2020 legislative session.

The bill overwhelmingly passed the Senate, but failed to come to a floor vote in the House of Representatives before the April 17th deadline for state lawmakers to consider non-budget related matters. This delay appears to stem from a lack of consensus on key issues, such as the regulation of facial recognition technologies and potential enforcement mechanisms.

If the House had passed the bill, Washington would have become the second state in the United States to enact significant privacy legislation. Mirroring the GDPR in several respects, the bill provided access, correction, and deletion rights to consumers, and imposed disclosure and risk assessment obligations on covered businesses.

Although state lawmakers failed to pass the Washington Privacy Act, they reached a consensus on a separate bill that expands Washington’s breach notification law. The Senate and the House of Representatives passed the bill in their respective chambers in the latter half of April.

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