UW Privacy Office

May 24, 2021

Governor Inslee vetoes bipartisan COVID-19 health data privacy bill

Source: Washington State Wire, May 18, 2021

Governor Inslee vetoes bipartisan COVID-19 health data privacy bill

On Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee vetoed a “first of its kind” bill that would have protected COVID-19 health data. This bill would have increased protections and privacy for COVID-19 health data collected by third parties that are not health care facilities, agencies or providers.

A person familiar with the governor’s thinking said the reason for the veto is because the Governor’s Office has perceived an issue around whether the language of the bill could prevent them from certain promotions to encourage vaccinations.