UW Privacy Office


February 1, 2022

Washington Lawmakers Throw a Bunch of Data Privacy Bills at the Wall to See What Sticks

Source: the Stranger, January 25, 2022 Article: Washington Lawmakers Throw a Bunch of Data Privacy Bills at the Wall to See What Sticks Summary: For the last three years, lawmakers in Olympia have thrown around ideas to protect Washingtonians from the dangers and indignities of all this online corporate surveillance. In general, the Senate has…


Unpacking Washington state’s cluster of comprehensive privacy bills

Source: International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), January 26, 2022 Article: Unpacking Washington state’s cluster of comprehensive privacy bills Summary: The Washington State Legislature will have until March 18 to see if the fourth time is the charm to get a law on the books, something it hasn’t been able to do since the original…


January 25, 2022

Washington attorney general sues Google over location tracking

Source: Seattle Times, January 25, 2022 Article: Washington attorney general sues Google over location tracking Summary: Ferguson joined attorneys general in Texas, Indiana and the District of Columbia in filing a lawsuit Monday alleging the company misled consumers about its location-tracking services and, at times, collected data without their consent.


January 5, 2022

Annual Privacy Update – Data Privacy Week!

Join UW Privacy on Wednesday, January 26 at 11 a.m. via Zoom to hear about emerging privacy trends, new UW privacy practices and expanded resources during our annual privacy update. Join Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. https://washington.zoom.us/j/99865795257?pwd=R3NHOXQzTFVrUTBkTFFCdldhTDRkQT09 Meeting ID: 998 6579 5257 Passcode: 369491 One tap mobile +12532158782,,99865795257#,,,,*369491# US (Tacoma) +12063379723,,99865795257#,,,,*369491# US…


December 1, 2021

Twitter Bans Sharing of Private People’s Photos, Videos Without Consent

Source: Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2021 Article: Twitter Bans Sharing of Private People’s Photos, Videos Without Consent Summary: Twitter Inc. said users will no longer be able to share private media, such as photos and videos, of another person without their permission, a move aimed at improving privacy and security.


November 24, 2021

A look at the intimate details Amazon knows about us

Source: Reuters, November 19, 2021 Article: A look at the intimate details Amazon knows about us Summary: Amazon collects data on consumers through its Alexa voice assistant, its e-commerce marketplace, Kindle e-readers, Audible audiobooks, its video and music platforms, home-security cameras and fitness trackers. Alexa-enabled devices make recordings inside people’s homes, and Ring security cameras…


November 16, 2021

Political ads during the 2020 presidential election cycle collected personal information and spread misleading information

Source: UW Today, November 8, 2021 Article: Political ads during the 2020 presidential election cycle collected personal information and spread misleading information Summary: “We saw these fake poll ads that were harvesting personal information, like email addresses, and trying to prey on people who wanted to be politically involved. These ads would then use that…


November 8, 2021

Limits to growth: Can AI’s voracious appetite for data be tamed?

Source: Undark, October 18, 2021 Article: Limits to growth: Can AI’s voracious appetite for data be tamed? Summary: But there is a broader data crisis in machine learning. As machine learning datasets expand, they increasingly infringe on privacy by using images, text, or other material scraped without user consent; recycle toxic content; and are the source of other,…


November 3, 2021

Higher Education Voices: College Students’ Attitudes Towards Data Privacy

Source: Future of Privacy Forum – Student Privacy Compass, October 25, 2021 Article: Higher Education Voices: College Students’ Attitudes Towards Data Privacy Summary: Higher education institutions collect and use significant amounts of students’ data in order to improve teaching, learning, advising, and other services that benefit students. Yet, research shows that college students often do…


November 2, 2021

The Next Privacy Crisis

Source: The Verge, November 1, 2021 Article: The Next Privacy Crisis Summary: Even basic AR applications, like mapping an apartment to place a virtual screen, could potentially gather a huge amount of information. (What’s the size of your living space? Which books are on your shelves? How healthy are the snacks on your kitchen counter?) Without…



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