Data Privacy Week 2024

Data Privacy Week

Privacy Week helps spread awareness about online privacy and educates people on how to manage their personal information and keep it secure. The celebration culminates with Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28. 

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed Jan. 28 as Data Privacy Day in Washington state. To celebrate and recognize Privacy Week this year, WaTech's Office of Data and Privacy Protection (OPDP) is focusing on children’s privacy. OPDP will host interviews with policy makers that will you bring up to speed on the latest discussions around data privacy for children.

In addition, OPDP will post a Privacy Minute video with quick information and tips on COPPA – the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Other activities include a crossword on Children’s Privacy. Prizes will be available to lucky participation winners!

You can download our Privacy Week Teams background here!

Privacy Week Presentations:

Interview with Washington state lawmakers

Jan. 23, Noon – 12:30 p.m.

Photo of Ann Rivers and Mari Leavitt
Sen. Ann Rivers and Rep. Mari Leavitt

Please join State Chief Privacy Officer Katy Ruckle for an online discussion with children’s privacy policy thought leaders Senator Ann Rivers and Representative Mari Leavitt. Senator Rivers was first elected to the House in 2010 and has served the 18th district in the Senate since 2012. As a mother, former teacher and leader in the Republican caucus, her work in the Legislature has often focused on the well-being of children. She is concerned about the impact and opportunity of technology on children and currently prime-sponsoring SB 6184, bipartisan legislation that would create the crime of “generating obscene images” to target “deepfake” pornographic material that is created through artificial intelligence and involves minors. Representative Mari Leavitt was first elected to the House in Washington State in 2018 in the 28th district. Her concern for children’s privacy is rooted in being a mom and college administrator. In 2020, Representative Leavitt introduced HB 2442 aimed at regulating online services directed at minors. The bill passed out of the House with a 96-1 vote and was one of the first in the nation to look at state level changes to the federal COPPA law.

Place: Watch the presentation here!

Children’s Online Privacy Discussion

Jan. 24, 11 a.m. – Noon

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Chuck Cosson and Marsali Hancock

Please join State Chief Privacy Officer Katy Ruckle for an online discussion with children’s privacy experts, Marsali Hancock and Chuck Cosson. Marsali Hancock is President and CEO of EP3 Foundation and has 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience working with national and international policy leaders and top-ranked Fortune 100 companies. Chuck Cosson is currently an adjunct professor of law at Seattle University. He was previously Director of Legal Affairs for Privacy & Data Security for T-Mobile. Both have both worked for decades on children’s privacy in corporate and non-profit settings. 

This enlightening discussion will cover a range of issues including:

  • Why data use and data security for children is different and what issues should be managed.  
  • How we (government, industry, parents) are addressing children’s privacy
  • Challenges and trade-offs for children’s privacy

Place: (Watch the presentation here!)


Interview with California Assemblymember Buffy Wicks
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California Assemblymember Buffy Wicks

Jan. 25, Noon – 12:30 p.m.

Buffy Wicks represents California’s District 14 in Alameda County near Oakland and sponsored AB 2273, The California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act that seeks to protect children who use online services. Watch for my interview with her for a discussion of her groundbreaking policy work in the U.S. for state laws on children’s online privacy.  

AB 2273 applies to businesses that provide products or features for children under the age of 18. Some of the law's requirements include data protection impact assessments, strong default privacy settings, and transparency requirements.  Interestingly, the bill has been challenged in court on first amendment concerns. 

For more information on Assemblymember Buffy Wicks and AB 2273 visit:

Place: Watch the presentation here!


Kahoot! Privacy Quiz

Friday, Jan. 26: 10-10:45 a.m.

Come test your knowledge on privacy as we wrap up Privacy Week with a Kahoot! quiz, hosted by State Chief Privacy Officer Katy Ruckle.  We will have Amazon gift cards for the winners! 


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OPDP crossword puzzle challenge - win an Amazon gift card!

To celebrate Privacy Day, OPDP created a crossword puzzle challenge! Check it out and test your knowledge on the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) – you could win an Amazon gift card!

To enter the competition:

  1. Complete the puzzle below by Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.
  2. When finished, select the menu button at the bottom right and click on the print icon.
  3. Save your puzzle to PDF, and then email your completed puzzle to
  4. We will randomly draw a winner from all completed puzzles on Jan. 29th and announce the lucky winner.

If you have any questions, email Good luck!


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