August Privacy Points 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

As promised, we have published the state's Interim Guidelines for Purposeful and Responsible Use of Generative AI in Washington State Government. The guidelines contain a definition of generative AI, the principles on which the guidelines are based, considerations for fact-checking, bias reduction, attribution, sensitive or confidential data, and list of "dos and don'ts" for state employees who use generative AI. Feedback so far has been positive, and our AI Community of Practice continues to work to further develop artifacts to guide AI use in the state.

AI Webinar:

Nick Stowe, State Chief Technology Officer, Irene Vidyanti, State Chief Data Officer, and Katy Ruckle, State Chief Privacy Officer, gave a presentation about Washington state's approach to AI use and the AI Community of Practice. They provided an overview on the recently published Interim Guidelines for Purposeful and Responsible Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Washington State Government and discussed upcoming work of the AI Community of Practice.

You can find a recording of the webinar archived on the OPDP website, along with the slide deck.

Privacy Assessment Survey

The Office of Privacy and Data Protection has published the 2022 State Agency Privacy Assessment results on our website. Results from the 2022 survey indicate the state enterprise continues to improve in the implementation of privacy protections, awareness and maturity. This improvement is a result of increased awareness, cross-agency collaboration, and the combined support from both the Governor and Legislature.

While privacy maturity continues to build and improve, continued work is needed to ensure Washington residents' data and privacy are protected and personal information is handled appropriately. This is especially true as the privacy policy and legal landscape continues to evolve. We look forward to continue working with you on all of our privacy initiatives.

See you next month with more updates!

Katy Ruckle

State Chief Privacy Officer