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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee orders protections for personal information obtained during contact tracing

Jul 31, 2020 | ,

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday said his administration is implementing new information privacy orders in an effort to step up contact tracing for those who may have been exposed to COVID-19. He believes people may be reluctant to participate in contact tracing calls out of a fear their private information will be compromised.

Inslee said he would be signing a proclamation later in the day that would specifically exempt the identifiable personal information collected by those conducting the contact tracing calls for COVID-19 from being disclosed under the state’s public records act.

The governor’s proclamation will now guard that information from being released, providing protections of names, birth date information, phone numbers and addresses.

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