State of Washington Creates Easy Primer on Data, Privacy Laws

Washington state’s chief privacy officer and his team have developed an online product — a primer on privacy laws — to help government agencies and private businesses.

The amount of personal data collected and stored by governments and companies is growing, but “there are very few tools out there to help people design products that are respecting privacy laws,” according to Chief Privacy Officer Alex Alben. With the aid of law students (and a grant from the Hewlett Foundation), Alben’s team combed through federal, state and local policy laws, creating a database of more than 4,000 tags indicating what type of data and usage each law applies to.

You can learn more about Washington State’s primer on data and privacy laws at https://goo.gl/h2ZVqu while the primer itself, called the Privacy Modeling Tool, is available at https://watech-beta.herokuapp.com.

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