Ohio Privacy: What you need to know

Ohio recognizes all four common law invasion of privacy claims:
• Unwarranted appropriation or exploitation of one's personality;
• The publicizing of one's private affairs with which the public has no legitimate concern;
• Wrongful intrusion into one's private activities; and
• False light privacy (Welling v. Weinfeld, 866 N.E.2d 1051 (Ohio 2007)).
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State law prohibits intercepting wire, oral, or electronic communications unless the wiretapping falls within an exception of the statute (e.g., obtaining a warrant, the consent of the parties, or in the ordinary course of business). Violation of the statute constitutes a fourth-degree felony (OH Stat. Sec. 2933.52).
Any person whose wire, oral, or electronic communications are intercepted, disclosed, or intentionally used in violation of the law may bring a civil action and receive relief in the form of an injunction, damages (per diem and actual), punitive damages, and attorneys' fees (OH Stat. Sec. 2933.65).
State agencies and private business in Ohio that own or license computerized data containing personal information and whose computer security system has been breached by an unauthorized person must notify state residents of the breach. The law also requires companies that maintain computerized data to notify the owner of the computerized data of any security breach of a system (OH Stat. Sec. 1347.12 et seq. and 1349.19 et. seq).
Personal information defined. "Personal information" means an individual’s first name or initial and last name, in combination with a Social Security number (SSN); a driver’s license number or state identification card number; or an account number or credit/debit card number along with any required ...

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