Editorial — Tell customers about data breaches quickly

April 28, 2015

Premera’s decision to wait six weeks before notifying state authorities and customers about a major cyber attack on its system was inexcusable.

This is the same insurance giant that was warned by federal auditors last year that its network security procedures were inadequate. Customers entrusted Premera with their most personal information, from bank accounts and Social Security numbers to home addresses and medical records.

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March 2-8 is Consumer Protection Week

March 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 4, 2014

The Better Business Bureau and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office are partnering up for National Consumer Protection Week, March 2-8.

Both agencies are committed to providing Washingtonians with tools to protect themselves against growing scams and helping people make better purchasing decisions.

“National Consumer Protection Week is a coordinated campaign where consumers can take advantage of useful information to help them make better-informed decisions,” Tyler Andrew, CEO of the BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, said in a news release.

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Proposed bill would give users a digital eraser button

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.”

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