Ugly WA State ruling shows that privacy is bigger than IT

An ugly ruling, and an opportunity for raising awareness about the need for stronger privacy protections at the state level.

(We’re glad Seattle is hiring a privacy person in the IT department, very glad. But incidents like this make it obvious that privacy, while impacted by technology, is fundamentally not a technical, but a human issue, a civil rights issue, that needs to be addressed thru multiple disciplines.)
“The dissenting justices, Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Debra Stephens,
called the majority’s rationale sweeping, confusing and
illogical. Washington’s Supreme Court has repeatedly rejected the
notion that under state law people have less expectation of privacy in
records turned over to third parties, they said, and unlike federal
rulings, Washington precedent even bars police from searching through
curbside garbage without a warrant.”

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