UW Privacy Office

September 23, 2020

The Washington Privacy Act is back

Source: The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), September 23, 2020

The Washington Privacy Act is back

While the 2021 draft bill is similar to the 2020 version (Senate Bill 6281), its scope is broader and certain provisions appear to signal an effort to compromise on some of the contested issues. The draft 2021 WaPA includes new sections for “data privacy regarding public health emergencies” related to COVID-19 and the processing of personal information for automated contact tracing.

The “2021 WaPA…adds exemptions for nonprofits and institutions of higher education.”