Pass the People's Privacy Act (Sign-On Letter)

Dear Washington State Lawmakers,

The undersigned organizations write to urge you to support the People’s Privacy Act—a community-driven privacy bill that would meaningfully empower people to control if and how their personal information is collected, used, and shared.

Strong privacy protections are necessary to protect our civil rights and civil liberties. Non-transparent and unaccountable collection of our personal information chills free speech and free association, undermines press freedom, and threatens the free exercise of religion. That we are increasingly required to share personal information or allow surveillance as a consequence of simply participating in life and accessing basic goods, services, and opportunities threatens our rights.

Moreover, privacy violations and misuse of personal information disproportionately impact people with lower incomes and people of color who are already subjected to outsized surveillance and data-based discrimination.

For the three years in a row, industry interests have been pushing for the adoption of the Washington Privacy Act—a bill that, by intentional design, does not give people the power to enforce their privacy rights. For this and many other reasons, the Tech Equity Coalition, privacy advocates, consumer rights organizations, and technologists have opposed the Washington Privacy Act each year it has been introduced.

The People’s Privacy Act is a meaningful and enforceable alternative solution that would empower every Washingtonian to have meaningful control over their personal information by:

- Prohibiting companies from using, selling, or sharing data without people’s affirmative opt-in consent;

- Making it unlawful for companies and government agencies to use people’s personal information to discriminate;

- Banning use or installation of face recognition technology and artificial intelligence-enabled profiling in any place of public accommodation;

- Ensuring that local jurisdictions are not prohibited from advancing stronger privacy laws where needed; and

- Empowering people to hold companies accountable if they violate people’s privacy rights.

The People’s Privacy Act is the right approach. Please pass the People's Privacy Act. We the undersigned thank you for considering this pressing issue.

 

Signed,

ACLU-WA
Black Women In Artificial Intelligence
CAIR Washington
Casa Latina
Coalition of Seattle Indian Americans
Consumer Action
Consumer Federation of America
Coveillance Collective
Densho
Eastside For All
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Future Ada
Indivisible Bainbridge Island
Indivisible Bellingham
Indivisible Eastside
Indivisible Greater Vancouver
Indivisible Skagit
Indivisible Tacoma
Indivisible Vashon
Indivisible Washington's 8th 
Indivsible Plus Washington
InterIm CDA
John T. Williams Organizing Committee
La Resistencia
Larner Archiving and Preservation
Lower Columbia Indivisible
MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network)
National Workrights Institute
Olympia Indivisible Steering Committee
OneAmerica
Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
Patient Privacy Rights
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Real Change
Seattle Indivisible
Seattle JACL
Wallingford Indivisible
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Washington Defender Association
Washington Fair Trade Coalition
Washington State Indivisible Podcast 

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Future Ada
Snohomish County Indivisible
Wallingford Indivisible
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Larner Archiving and Preservation
Eastside for All
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Consumer Federation of America
Seattle Indivisible
Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
Casa Latina
Indivisible Bellingham
John T. Williams Organizing Committee
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Seattle Chapter
OneAmerica
Consumer Action
The National Workrights Institute
La Resistencia
Real Change
John T. Williams Organizing Committee
Washington Defender Association
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
InterIm CDA
Black Women In Artificial Intelligence
Washington Fair Trade Coalition
Coveillance Collective
Indivisible Vashon
Future Ada