The Washington Legislature in Olympia is out of session for 2022, and it has yet again failed to reach consensus on a data privacy standard. Even if they are successful next year, adding another state privacy law into an increasingly complex regulatory structure for privacy won’t clear up the rules of the road.
Americans need a national data privacy law. As foreign regulators and states continue to create a patchwork of approaches, Americans are unprotected and our nation’s innovators are scrambling to comply with an increasingly burdensome regime. A single national data privacy standard will provide the certainty and protection consumers and industry both want. In fact, constituents of all backgrounds say that privacy is their leading concern regarding the digital future.