OLYMPIA — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, introduced Senate Bill 5919, known as the Washington Internet Privacy Act, following a vote of Congress to suspend FCC rules protecting internet privacy. Sen. Ranker released this statement:

“The Trump administration and Congress may not have any regard for American’s internet privacy but in Washington state, we can ensure internet customers are safe. We value free and open access to information and clear transparency and privacy of our online activity.

“So much of our daily lives now depend on the internet — paying bills, making appointments, purchasing products and discovering new information. With a total lack of leadership in DC, it is critical that we protect Washingtonians privacy here at home.

“The recent action by Congress to suspend FCC rules means that internet providers can save and sell your online activity, including financial and medical health information, to the highest bidder. This bill ensures we protect Washingtonians privacy. It will block internet providers’ ability to collect identifiable, personal information without the customer’s permission.”