On Jan. 15, Washington State Legislature's Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee held its first public hearing on a reintroduced version of the Washington Privacy Act. Those who have been following developments on the state's privacy legislation will recall that last year, despite gaining some significant momentum, the bill failed. The new version of the bill has gained praise from many privacy advocates, and lawmakers in Washington have said the bill has significant bipartisan support. But University of Washington School of Law student and researcher Jevan Hutson and American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Technology & Liberty Project Advocate Jennifer Lee, who both testified at Wednesday's hearing, have concerns the bill fails to protect consumers in a number of ways. In this episode of the podcast, Hutson and Lee discuss what happened at the hearing and why they're not convinced this bill represents comprehensive privacy reform.
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