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Bill Would Create Statewide 'Data Rights' For Ohio Consumers

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (R-Ohio) talks about the Ohio Personal Privacy Act in the Ohio Statehouse.
Andy Chow
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (R-Ohio) talks about the Ohio Personal Privacy Act in the Ohio Statehouse.

Ohio lawmakers are working on a bill that would create data rights for consumers, dubbed the Ohio Personal Privacy Act. Leaders said it will create a clear standard for businesses to follow when it comes to use of personal data.

The Ohio Personal Privacy Act, HB376, would create a list of "data rights" for consumers in the state that interact with businesses that collect and sale personal data.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said those rights would include the ability to have a company delete personal data and request that business not sell their information to a third-party.

"With this legislation we will go from a state with zero privacy protections to a state with a sensible but firm model for helping businesses protect people's private data," Husted said.

Businesses that must adhere to the data rights standards include companies that either:

  • Generate $25 million in gross revenue
  • Control or process data of at least 100,000 consumers, and/or
  • Derive more than 50% of gross revenue from the sale of personal data

Kirk Herath, chair of the CyberOhio Advisory Board, said this will be good for Ohioans and businesses.

"The consumers get a series of new rights that in many cases are not available today. Business on the other hand also gets some clear standards," Herath said.

Similar laws have been created in California and Virginia, but the lawmakers co-sponsoring the bill, Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) and Rep. Thomas Hall (R-Madison Township) say they hope their legislation could create a framework for other states to follow.

Copyright 2021 The Statehouse News Bureau. To see more, visit The Statehouse News Bureau.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.