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Washington Privacy Act Fails Again After Lawmakers Divided (1)

April 26, 2021, 2:57 PM; Updated: April 26, 2021, 7:08 PM

Washington’s consumer privacy bill failed for a third year in a row after lawmakers were unable to come to consensus over the best enforcement mechanism.

Senate Bill 5062, the Washington Privacy Act, passed nearly unanimously in March. The bill would have given consumers the right to access, correct, and delete personal data collected by businesses, and companies would have had to issue privacy notices and adopt reasonable security standards.

But despite momentum in that chamber, the House failed to advance a bill before the Washington legislative session ended April 25.

The House version contained a private right of action—allowing ...

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