Many of you will remember the efforts starting in 2016 to keep the Freedom Foundation getting all sorts of personal information about you through the Public Records Act.
WPEA, later joined by a coalition of other unions, filed suit for a permanent injunction to keep your private contact information and other identifying information out of these blanket public records requests. This was followed by a series of court hearings, from the Thurston County Superior Court all the way to the State Supreme Court in 2018. Just last week, we finally got a ruling on the case. Unfortunately, we lost the case. It was a 5-4 decision when our state lawmakers and courts have been reluctant to consider any new exemptions to the Public Records Act.
Fixing this issue with the Public Records Act and safeguarding your privacy, is our number one non-economic issue in the coming legislative session. We are incredibly frustrated and disappointed that it has come to this but we are still fighting to protect your privacy rights.
How you can help:
Contact your legislators and tell them it is time to pass a bill to protect your personal information from public disclosure. Here are some points you can include:
“The disclosure of names and birth dates to the public will occur without employee consent and will inevitably make these employees vulnerable cybercriminals searching for personal details at cut-rate prices online.”