House hears bill on data breach requirements

Jan 17, 2019
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Written by Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs
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The House Innovation and Technology Committee today heard testimony on House Bill 1071 concerning data breach notification requirements. This is one of the highest priorities for WRA’s membership.

Representative Shelly Kloba (D-Kirkland) is the bill’s prime sponsor at the request of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.  The committee is chaired by Representative Zack Hudgins (D-Tukwila) who was the prime sponsor of the 2015 AG-request data breach notification bill.

I testified at today’s hearing to express our appreciation for the many improvements and changes that have been made to the bill and shared with the committee further language that would make the bill easier to comply with and implement.  WRA has been working closely with Attorney General Ferguson and Representatives Kloba and Hudgins.

The bill will likely be voted out of committee soon and then will most likely be referred to the House Appropriations Committee because it will have an impact on state resources.

The companion bill to HB 1071 is Senate Bill 5064. Senator Joe Nguyen (D-Seattle) is the prime sponsor on the companion bill that is not yet scheduled for a hearing.

If you would like a copy of the latest version of the bill, please contact me.  Mark.johnson@retailassociation.org