Washington State Privacy Act on the Horizon: Passes in State Senate, Now Before House of Representatives

Washington is gearing up to be the next state to implement a privacy law, following California’s Consumer Privacy Act. In Washington, Senate Bill 5376 -- formally titled as “an act relating to the management and oversight of personal data,” or the “Washington Privacy Act” for short -- passed in the Washington State Senate and has been sent to the state’s House of Representatives for consideration.

The bill was introduced in the state Senate on January 18, 2019. It was referred to the Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology, where it passed on February 14. After making its way through the Ways and Means committee, the bill was ultimately passed in the senate on March 6, 2019. It was sent to the House of Representatives on March 8 and referred to the Committee on Innovation, Technology & Economic Development.

The first scheduled public hearing in the House of Representatives is set for March 22 at 10am Pacific. If the bill passes in the House, it would become effective in December 2020.

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