February 18, 2014
OLYMPIA — The proliferation of social networking sites and online media has created a flood of personal information in the marketplace. A proposed House Bill would give users a right to have that information erased from the public eye.
While Washington state recognizes certain protections against the invasion of privacy, there is generally no liability for public disclosure of a fact that has already lost its private nature by being posted publicly.
“Back in the ‘70s, (you’d) put a lampshade on your head at some party and the embarrassment of that the next morning was from the people at the party,” said Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, prime sponsor of House Bill 2180. “Now, you do that online, it can go viral and it can be a lifetime of humiliation.”