Washington state legislature passes data breach law, but punts on privacy law

The Washington state legislature went one-for-two this month in its attempt to pass major data breach and privacy regulations.

Yesterday, lawmakers unanimously passed HB 1071, which firms up and expands requirements for public breach notifications, but the state apparently has failed to approve a sweeping new state privacy law, SB 5367, after the House declined to pass it by an April 17 deadline.

Sponsored by Rep. Shelley Kloba (D-Kirkland), HB 1071 shrinks the window businesses and government organizations have to notify consumers and the state’s attorney general of a breach from 45 days to 30 days.

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