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Washington state privacy act hits another roadblock

The Washington state House of Representatives on Friday night passed an amended version of the state’s ambitious consumer privacy act, but lawmakers must still agree on one major area of contention within the next few days before the bill can move to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee. Several amendments distance the House version of the bill from one approved by the Senate, but a particularly thorny change surrounds an issue known as “private right of action,” the right of individuals to bring lawsuits against companies under the law. The Senate version does not include this provision, instead giving sole enforcement powers to the office of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, while the House version permits private lawsuits. Lawmakers only have until Thursday to settle their differences over the bill, which has the support of members of Inslee's administration. Colin Wood reports.

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Arizona makes interim CIO permanent

Arizona officials said Friday that J.R. Sloan, who was named the state’s interim chief information officer last August, will lead the state’s IT efforts on a permanent basis. Sloan had stepped into the CIO job following the resignation of Morgan Reed, who had led the Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology office for the previous four years. Sloan joined ASET in 2013 as the agency’s digital government program manager, and was later promoted to deputy CIO as well as chief strategy officer. He added chief technology officer to his titles in 2017, and has overseen the state government's enterprise applications and cloud strategies. Benjamin Freed reports.

Data-breach bill gives D.C. power to go after companies with weak cybersecurity

The city of Washington, D.C., is set to strengthen its data-breach laws following the passage this week of a bill that greatly expands the definition of personal identifying information that companies doing business in the District are required to protect. The bill adds passport numbers, military identifications, health and biometric data and genetic profiles — such as information shared with genealogical websites like 23andMe — to the categories of data that are protected under the District’s 2007 breach notification law. It also gives city prosecutors greater power against companies that expose their customers’ sensitive data, including the ability to go after companies that are found to have suffered data breaches because of weak cybersecurity patches. Ben has more.


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