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Commercial Email and Spam:

Washington Commercial Electronic Mail Act ("CEMA"), codified at Revised Code of Washington Title 19, Chapter 19.190 (§§ 19.190.010 - 19.190.110)

Note: In the case of Gordon v. Virtumundo, 575 F.3d 1040 (9th Cir. 2009), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that portions of this statute are preempted by the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003See Spam-Related Case-Law: Washington Case-Law

Telemarketing and Telephonic Anti-Solicitation:

Washington Commercial Telephone Solicitation Act, codified at Revised Code of Washington Title 19, Chapter 19.158 (§§ 19.158.010 - 19.158.901); see also Revised Code of Washington Title 80, Chapter 80.36 (§ 80.36.390)

Washington prohibits the use of automatic dialing machines for purposes of commercial solicitation - see Revised Code of Washington Title 80, Chapter 80.36 (§ 80.36.400)

Faxes, Texts, and Other Media Anti-Solicitation:

Prohibition on the initiation of fax transmission of unsolicited advertisements, subject to exceptions, codified at Revised Code of Washington Title 80, Chapter 80.36 (§ 80.36.540)

In 2003, a prohibition on initiating commercial electronic text messages was added to Washington's Commercial Electronic Mail Act ("CEMA") - see Revised Code of Washington Title 19, Chapter 19.190 (§§ 19.190.060 - 19.190-070)

Unlawful Trade Practices:

General prohibition of unfair business practices - the Washington Consumer Protection Act - codified at Revised Code of Washington Title 19, Chapter 86 (§§ 19.86.010 - 19.86.920)

Computer-related Crime:

Washington prohibits the electronic transmission of software designed to harvest private data ("spyware" and "phishing"), or to manipulate the recipient computer in other related ways - see Revised Code of Washington Title 19, Chapter 270 (§§ 270.010 - 270.900)

Washington criminalizes false or misleading advertising by any electronic means - see Revised Code of Washington Title 9, Chapter 9.04 (§ 9.04.050)

Additional Resources:

Washington State Attorney General: Washington's Law on Spam