Ohio Proposes Comprehensive Privacy Legislation
Ohio recently became the latest state to consider enacting comprehensive privacy legislation. On July 13, 2021, the Ohio Personal Privacy Act (House Bill 376) was introduced into the Ohio House of Representatives with the backing of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted.
If passed, OPPA would establish consumer data rights for natural persons who are residents of Ohio acting only in individual or household contexts, not residents acting in a business capacity or employment context, such as contractors, job applicants, officers, directors or owners. The bill would also require certain businesses to comply with a framework of data standards, similar to other states such as California, Virginia and Colorado.