April 2022 Privacy Points

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Happy April! This month I had the opportunity to attend the International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit and was blown away by all of the hard-working privacy people across the globe.

As a first-time attendee, it felt a bit like drinking from the firehose, but I was able to come away with several ideas to continue to build on privacy maturation in Washington.

You can expect to see more information from our office in the coming months on evaluating technology for algorithmic bias, use of technology to incorporate privacy principles, and applying metrics and key performance indicators to demonstrate value of privacy programs.

Upcoming Webinar: Privacy Notices

The Office of Privacy and Data Protection will host a webinar next week (April 28 at 10 a.m.) on the importance of privacy notices. Many recent bills considered by the state Legislature, as well as federal legislation, touch on the requirements of privacy notices.

These notices are a foundational piece of how privacy works in the U.S. and connect to the privacy principles of transparency, accountability, and individual participation. The intended audience is state and local government. Please email privacy@watech.wa.gov for the webinar invite and link.

Coming Attraction: Privacy Training

Many of you know OPDP has been working to create a privacy basics training for all state employees. We are happy to announce that finishing touches are being put on a privacy training that will be available on the Department of Enterprise Services Learning Center. The training is intended to be a privacy primer for all employees to understand what privacy is, why it’s important and how it is distinct from cybersecurity. We anticipate that the training will be released in June.

News items that caught OPDP’s attention this month include:

See you next month with more updates from our office!

Katy Ruckle

State Chief Privacy Officer