Office of Privacy and Data Protection

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About the Office of Privacy and Data Protection

The state Office of Privacy and Data Protection (OPDP) was created by the state Legislature in 2016.

The office, overseen by the state Chief Privacy Officer, serves as a central point of contact for state agencies on policy matters involving data privacy and data protection, and as a resource for consumer privacy issues.

The office’s duties include:

  • Conducting an annual privacy review.
  • Providing privacy training for state agencies and employees.
  • Articulate privacy principles and best practices for state agencies, to coordinate data protection.
  • Participate in the review of major state agency projects involving personally identifiable information.

In addition, the privacy office serves as a resource to local governments and the public on data privacy and protection concerns. The office develops and promotes the dissemination of best practices for the collection and storage of personally identifiable information

OPDP also provides a report to the Legislature at least once every four years on the performance of the office.

State Chief Privacy Officer

Katy Ruckle started as Washington state's Chief Privacy Officer on Jan. 1, 2020. She was appointed by state Chief Information Officer and WaTech Director Jim Weaver.

Katy previously served as the Privacy Officer and Information Governance Administrator at the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) where she was responsible for establishing privacy practices for five administrations including three hospitals covering 16,000 employees. She also developed and implemented the DSHS privacy program from its infancy overseeing public records, records management, discovery and HIPAA compliance, and leading 18 privacy coordinators across the agency.

While in law school, Katy was a judicial clerk at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a law clerk at the Marion County District Attorney’s Office in Salem, Oregon.  Katy is also a certified mediator and has volunteered at the Pierce County Center for Dialog and Resolution since June 2005.