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June 2021 Privacy points: Washington’s new cybersecurity bill (SB 5432) becomes effective July 25, 2021.  Among its provisions is the requirement that public agencies enter into data sharing agreements when sharing confidential information (or information that is not subject to public disclosure). (Read more)

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  • Data Privacy Day presentation: The state Office of Privacy and Data Protection (OPDP) recognized Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, 2021 with a virtual event that included guest speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union and The Future of Privacy Forum who presented on the important topic of privacy and equity.
  • Tips for safely using public Wi-Fi: In response to the Coronavirus outbreak and the closure of businesses and libraries, many of us are spending more time online.  As a result, we may need to use public Wi-Fi to connect to the internet. If you do find yourself needing to use public Wi-Fi, please consider these recommendations from the state Chief Privacy Officer to help protect your data. (Language translations including Deutsch, Español, Français, 日本語, 한국어, 简体中文 and русский язык)
  • Video conferencing best practices: There have been several reports nationally about video conferences being disrupted by individuals transmitting hate speech, profanity and pornographic material. Please see these recommendations to mitigate these security risks. Also, a reminder: Do not click on emails where you don't know the sender, email has inconsistencies with grammar and/or spelling, or contain a web link you're unfamiliar with.

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