Washington Senate approves data privacy rules

A data privacy measure giving consumers the right to manage how information held by private companies is used has been passed by the Washington Senate. The Washington Privacy Act, sent to the House on bipartisan 46-1 vote, requires businesses or other entities that control or process the identifiable data of more than 100-thousand people to allow consumers to find out what data is stored about them, correct errors, or request deletion. It also allows people the right to opt-out of their data being used for the purposes of targeted advertising and to opt-out of the sale of their personal data. Additionally, the measure sets rules for facial recognition technology for companies. The bill has been modeled on European rules and protections put in place in California. (AP)

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