The Ohio Business Gateway (Business.Ohio.gov) is a service provided by the State of Ohio. The State recognizes the importance of privacy to our Web site visitors. Therefore, visitors should be aware of the following information. This statement discloses to our Web site visitors what personal information is being collected on this Web site and how that personal information may be used.
Visitors should be aware that, except in a few circumstances, most documents and records maintained by state of Ohio agencies and organizations, including electronic information, are public records under Ohio law. Therefore, information collected or submitted through your visit to this Web site may be subject to a public records request.
Information submitted through this web site's feedback survey may be subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request.
Personal information such as your name, address, telephone number or e-mail address may be requested of you from our Web site. This collection may occur through surveys, e-mails, personalization features and other voluntary personal information submissions such as registration forms, authentication procedures and the use of electronic payment functions.
In all instances where we request personal information, we will tell you what personal information is being requested, how the personal information collected will be used, and the reason why such information is necessary and relevant. For the OBG Electronic Filing, please review the OBG Electronic Filing Terms of Service.
In certain instances, personal information may be shared with other agencies or organizations as required or permitted by law and placed in an interconnected system.
To generate statistics that aid us in improvements to our Web site, we collect certain usage and related information on every Web site visitor. Each time a visitor requests a page within this site, our server creates a log file capturing user information. Log files are typically public records.
We collect the following information in our Web site log:
Collected usage information does not include your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address. Information collected by way of server log files is used in aggregate form only, and collected for the purpose of analyzing trends and statistics. However, please understand that Internet Protocol address information may be used to determine the identity of the person or persons accessing our Web site when there is reason to believe that the security of the site has been compromised.
Visitors should be aware that a "cookie" may be created on your computer because of a visit to our Web site. A cookie is a temporary data file used to link a computer to a Web site, typically for the purpose of Web site customization. Cookies may be used when necessary to complete a transaction, to process data submitted to us online, or to facilitate ongoing Internet interaction.
Most browsers can be set to control whether cookies are placed on a user's computer.
The Ohio Business Gateway will follow Ohio state laws that require the establishment of reasonable precautions to prevent personal information from unauthorized modification, destruction, use, or disclosure. We take very seriously the integrity of the information and systems that we maintain. Therefore, we have instituted security measures for all information systems under our control. These security measures are designed to identify attempts to tamper with this web site. Information collected through these security measures may be used in connection with a criminal prosecution or other legal proceedings.
Ohio Revised Code 1347.15 requires DAS to adopt administrative rules regulating access to the confidential personal information the agency keeps, whether electronically or on paper. The administrative rules may be found here.
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code, sections 149.43, 1347.08 and 1347.09, users have rights to their information given to this site, in respect to inspecting, correcting and disputing. This is applicable to any information collected, used or maintained on the Business.Ohio.gov ("Ohio Business Gateway") website.
Ohio Chief Privacy Officer
30 E Broad Street, 40th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. This privacy statement was last updated January 6, 2012.