The Record: The strongest data privacy bill passed this year focused on health. It’s already a model for other states

September 8, 2023

Leveraging the post-Dobbs juggernaut 

Part of what makes Washington’s law transformative, said Sara Geoghegan, counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, is how it defines and targets which “covered entities” will have to ask users for their permission to gather consumer health data. 

“The scope here of covered entities is broad and the scope here of covered data is broad,” Geoghegan said, pointing out that the provision will have a big impact on major tech companies who she said maintain “massive data centers” in Washington. 

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