UW Privacy Office


February 17, 2021

EDUCAUSE Post-Pandemic Future: Implications for Privacy

Source: EDUCAUSE, Feb. 16, 2021 Post-Pandemic Future: Implications for Privacy The time has come for privacy to expand beyond compliance to include determinations about what should be protected and consideration of ethical implications, balancing institutional priorities with the rights of individuals. The intersection of issues including COVID-19, student success, and the emergence of the chief…


February 12, 2021

Virginia is about to get a major California-style data privacy law

Source: Ars Technica – Policy, Feb. 11, 2021 Virginia is about to get a major California-style data privacy law In the absence of a general-purpose federal privacy framework, states all over the nation are very slowly stepping in with their own solutions. The Virginia law is somewhat modeled on California’s landmark Consumer Privacy Act, which was…


February 10, 2021

Washington Privacy Act enforcement key topic during Wash. senate hearing

Source: International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Feb. 9, 2021 WPA enforcement key topic during Wash. senate hearing Enforcement was front and center during a public hearing before the Washington State Senate Ways & Means Committee Monday as lawmakers and stakeholders hashed out a potential comprehensive privacy law for the state.


February 1, 2021

How our outdated privacy laws doomed contact-tracing apps

Source: Brookings Institution, January 28, 2021 How our outdated privacy laws doomed contact-tracing apps Contrary to the longstanding argument that people say they care about privacy but act like they don’t (sometimes called the “privacy paradox”), Americans refused to use these apps in large part due to privacy concerns. Privacy really mattered.


January 19, 2021

What’s in Store for Data Privacy in 2021?

Source: CPO Magazine, January 18, 2021 What’s in Store for Data Privacy in 2021? 2020 was a watershed year for data privacy. It kicked off strong with the implementation of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in January. Two months later, the pandemic tested data governance processes in ways previously unimagined. Consumers are increasingly aware…


January 15, 2021

Washington state senate holds hearing on new privacy bill

Source: International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), January 15, 2021 Washington state senate holds hearing on new privacy bill A third iteration of the Washington Privacy Act came before the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee for a public hearing Thursday where testimony ranged from support to criticism.


January 6, 2021

Hindsight is 2020: Data Privacy Law Year in Review

Source: JDSupra, written by Hinshaw Privacy & Cyber Bytes – Insights on Compliance, Best Practices, and Trends, January 5, 2021 Hindsight is 2020: Data Privacy Law Year in Review We highlight significant data privacy developments and trends from 2020 below.


November 13, 2020

Rep. DelBene: Congress needs ‘urgency’ with US privacy law

Source: International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Nov. 13, 2020 Rep. DelBene: Congress needs ‘urgency’ with US privacy law The prospect of a U.S. privacy law seems to be stronger now than ever. Members of both sides of the aisle in Congress have recognized a void needs to be filled and have responded by proposing…


November 12, 2020

When Does Predictive Technology Become Unethical?

Source: Harvard Business Review, October 23, 2020 When Does Predictive Technology Become Unethical? This isn’t a case of mishandling, leaking, or stealing data. Rather, it is the generation of new data — the indirect discovery of unvolunteered truths about people. Organizations can predict these powerful insights from existing innocuous data, as if creating them out of thin…


November 9, 2020

One Clear Message From Voters This Election? More Privacy

Source: Wired magazine, November 4, 2020 One Clear Message From Voters This Election? More Privacy “…voters in California and Michigan approved new privacy laws Tuesday: California’s Prop 24, which extends provisions of a 2018 privacy law, and Michigan’s Prop 2, which consolidates piecemeal orders into a requirement for police to seek search warrants before seizing electronic…



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