Revenge Porn
3:57 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Washington Senate Votes To Criminalize 'Revenge Porn'

The Washington Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to criminalize ''revenge porn.''
Kevin Mooney Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 3:50 pm

Oregon and Washington are close to joining neighboring states in specifically outlawing "revenge porn."

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Revenge Porn
4:58 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

'Revenge Porn' Specifically Outlawed Under Proposed State Laws

File photo
Stephan Röhl

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 11:49 am

Sometimes it's a vengeful ex-lover; sometimes a thief or a hacker is behind it. Either way, explicit, private photos of people keep getting out on the Internet.

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3:17 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Respect Thy Neighbors: Privacy Invasion By Hobby Drones Targeted In Olympia

Legislation in Washington state could set privacy rules for hobbyists flying drones such as this DJI Phantom drone, which has a Go Pro camera mounted underneath.
Don McCullough Flickr

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 3:32 pm

Sales of small, camera-equipped drones are soaring. Aside from air safety issues, these remotely-piloted aircraft can raise privacy concerns if they fly uninvited over your backyard or past your bedroom windows.

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Drone Regulations
5:23 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

State Drone Regulations Not Cleared For Liftoff In Olympia

In conjunction with his April veto, Governor Inslee declared a 15-month moratorium on state agency purchases of drones and asked local police to follow suit.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The Washington governor's office unveiled draft rules for government use of drones Monday. This would replace drone legislation that Democrat Jay Inslee vetoed earlier this year. 

The state's chief information officer presented the draft bill to a task force convened by Washington's governor. Michael Cockrill said the Inslee Administration's preferred approach is "to be permissive, not restrictive."

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Drone Regulations
5:31 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Task Force Starts Work On New State Drone Regulations in Wash.

A Washington state task force convened for the first time Monday to develop privacy rules for drones.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Imagine looking out your window to see a drone hovering outside. That happened earlier this month to a partially-dressed Seattle woman who was startled and outraged. That incident came up Monday as a Washington state task force convened for the first time to develop privacy rules for drones – something Oregon and Idaho have already done. The Washington task force quickly narrowed its focus.

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NWPR Books
11:15 am
Mon February 24, 2014

If You Think You're Anonymous Online, Think Again

Sure, you can try doing your Internet browsing this way, but we can't promise that it will help you protect your personal data online.

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 8:00 am

Investigative reporter Julia Angwin was curious what Google knew about her, so she asked the company for her search data. "It turns out I had been doing about 26,000 Google searches a month ... and I was amazed at how revealing they were," she tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

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Farmer Privacy Concerns
6:38 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Idaho Bill Banning Secret Video Of Farms Moves Ahead

What critics call the “ag gag” bill is a reaction to a 2012 video that showed workers abusing cows at a farm near Twin Falls.
Credit Martin Pilát/Flickr

A measure that seeks to bar animal rights activists from making undercover video in Idaho dairies is moving ahead in the state House. What critics call the “ag gag” bill is a reaction to a 2012 video that showed workers abusing cows at a farm near Twin Falls. Farmers say they need protection from what they call “vigilante” tactics.

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Hacking Incident
3:36 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Washington Courts Announce Potential Massive Data Breach

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 3:20 pm

A hacking incident involving Washington’s court system could affect upwards of a million people. The Administrative Office of the Courts announced that hackers breached its public website sometime last fall or early this year and social security and potentially driver license numbers were accessed.

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Social Media Privacy
4:05 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Social Media Privacy Measures


Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 3:34 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers think employers should just log off when it comes to asking workers for their Facebook passwords. A House panel debated a measure Friday that would prohibit companies from demanding access to their employees' social media accounts.

The idea surfaced after national news reports of people being forced to turn over their Facebook passwords as a condition of getting or keeping a job. It’s not clear whether that’s been happening in the Northwest.

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Bed Bugs
4:45 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers May Look To Shield Bed Bug Data

Cimex lectularius - the common bed bug
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon businesses and homeowners who are battling bed bugs would get a new level of anonymity under a measure being considered in Salem. A House panel will take up a bill next week that would shield data about bed bugs from public disclosure.

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