Ohio Personal Privacy Act Introduced to Improve Privacy Protections for Ohioans

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

A comprehensive new privacy framework has been introduced in Ohio to better protect the privacy of Ohioans. The Ohio Personal Privacy Act aligns closely with recently introduced legislation in Virginia (CDPA) and gives Ohio residents a host of new rights over the personal data collected, stored, maintained, and transmitted by businesses.

Similar to Virginia’s CDPA, the Ohio Personal Privacy Act has a narrow definition of consumers and does not cover individuals acting in a business capacity or employment context. Personal data covered by the Ohio Personal Privacy Act is classed as “any information that relates to an identified or identifiable consumer processed by a business for a commercial purpose.”

The Ohio Personal Privacy Act only applies to organizations that conduct business in the state of Ohio that meet one or more of the following criteria:...

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