Rep. Norma Smith releases statement on passage of House Bill 2200
In an 87-10 vote Wednesday evening, the state House passed a bill to require broadband internet service providers (ISPs) to acquire opt-in consent from customers before selling or transferring their information. Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, an original cosponsor of House Bill 2200, released the following statement after the vote:
“This vote further demonstrates our commitment to protecting the privacy and data of all Washingtonians. We know the vast majority of internet users are uncomfortable with ISPs tracking their internet activity and monetizing their data. House Bill 2200 would require ISPs to obtain opt-in approval from customers before selling or transferring their data, putting the customer in greater control of their online footprint. The bill would also prohibit ISPs from denying service to customers who choose not to opt-in. This is a good bill that would further protect Washingtonians' privacy and data. I want them to know we will keep fighting on their behalf to provide transparency and consumer choice in the big data economy of the 21st century.”
If signed into law, House Bill 2200 would take effect December 31, 2018.
The 2017 regular legislative session is scheduled to adjourn Sunday, April 23.
###Washington State House Republican Communications