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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