Who is taking and selling your personal data? Washington state lawmakers work to give people more of a say

Joseph O'Sullivan, The Seattle Times on

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Among other things, it requires those governments to publish accountability reports and conduct independent testing of facial-recognition programs to make sure they are accurate, as well as provide public notification when they are in use, according to a legislative analysis of the bill.

SB 6280 would prohibit using such programs for ongoing surveillance, unless in support of law enforcement under certain conditions.

The proposals remain a nonstarter for the ACLU of Washington. On facial recognition, the ACLU of WA is championing bills introduced last year that would put a moratorium on the technology, such as Senate Bill 5528.

Jen Lee of ACLU of WA said communities haven't had a chance to discuss all the impacts and, "We're just asking for a moratorium instead what's being presented."

The organization opposes SB 6281 because among other things it does not let individuals bring lawsuits, Lee said.

Meanwhile, Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, is sponsoring several bills that focus on data collection and privacy.


They include House Bill 1503, which stalled last year. It would require data brokers to register with the state and disclose what type of information they're collecting.

Another of Smith's proposals is House Bill 2363, which would enshrine in law that each person owns and has exclusive rights over their own biometric identifying information, like their fingerprints and face. It will get a public hearing Tuesday in the House Committee on Innovation, Technology & Economic Development.

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