On Thursday, WashPIRG Director Bruce Speight joined Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson for the signing of HB 1078, after the consumer protection bill passed unanimously through both houses of Washington's Legislature.
The new law will strengthen data breach notification requirements to better safeguard personal information, prevent identity theft, and ensure that the attorney general receives notification when breaches occur so that appropriate action may be taken to protect consumers. It'll also provide consumers whose personal information has been jeopardized due to a data breach with the information needed to secure financial accounts, and make the necessary reports in a timely manner to minimize harm from identity theft.
This bill comes in the wake of a number of privacy breaches in recent months, from the health insurer Anthem, to the online tax preparer TurboTax, to the Apple Pay system rolled out with the most recent iPhones.