Washington State Privacy Bill Would Authorize Fines for Violators

The Washington state attorney general would get new authority to hold companies accountable for privacy practices under a measure unveiled by state senator Reuven Carlyle.

The Washington Privacy Act would give state residents the right to know who is using their personal data; to correct inaccurate information; to opt out of targeted advertising and sale of data; and to have some data deleted. The state attorney general would be empowered to seek injunctive relief and to seek to fine companies up to $7,500 per violation under the measure.