Washington Library Laws

Washington Statutes : http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/

State Library Association: Washington Library Association

Security Breach Notification Law : Wash. Rev. Code § 19.255.010, 42.56.590

Data Disposal Law: Wash. Rev. Code §19.215.020

Library Records Privacy:

REVISED CODE OF WASHINGTON TITLE 42.  PUBLIC OFFICERS AND AGENCIES CHAPTER 42.17.  DISCLOSURE — CAMPAIGN FINANCES — LOBBYING — RECORDS PUBLIC RECORDS

§ 42.17.310. Certain personal and other records exempt

(1) The following are exempt from public inspection and copying:
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(l) Any library record, the primary purpose of which is to maintain control of library materials, or to gain access to information, which discloses or could be used to disclose the identity of a library user.

(2) Except for information described in subsection (1)(c)(i) of this section and confidential income data exempted from public inspection pursuant to RCW 84.40.020, the exemptions of this section are inapplicable to the extent that information, the disclosure of which would violate personal privacy or vital governmental interests, can be deleted from the specific records sought. No exemption may be construed to permit the nondisclosure of statistical information not descriptive of any readily identifiable person or persons.
(3) Inspection or copying of any specific records exempt under the provisions of this section may be permitted if the superior court in the county in which the record is maintained finds, after a hearing with notice thereof to every person in interest and the agency, that the exemption of such records is clearly unnecessary to protect any individual’s right of privacy or any vital governmental function.
(4) Agency responses refusing, in whole or in part, inspection of any public record shall include a statement of the specific exemption authorizing the withholding of the record (or part) and a brief explanation of how the exemption applies to the record withheld.

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