Senate District 18
John Eklund
Obhof, Eklund Announce Traveling Judiciary Committee Meetings to Hear from Ohioans about Privacy and Antitrust Concerns with Big Tech
September 18, 2019

COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and Senate Judiciary Chair John Eklund (R-Munson Township) today announced that the Senate's Judiciary Committee will be holding committee hearings around the state about the impact large technology companies have on Ohio citizens and businesses.

The hearings, which will be held in Cleveland and Cincinnati, will take a deeper look into the privacy operations and data use of companies like Facebook and Google and hear testimony from regional and local data security, law enforcement, antitrust, and economic development experts.

The committee hearings coincide with investigations Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is leading with other states into these issues.

"We believe there are potential antitrust and privacy concerns with the way some big technology companies are operating," said Obhof. "That is why I've asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to take a thorough look at these issues from a state perspective."

"Data is the new money," said Yost. "If companies are using their market dominance to stifle competition in Ohio, or improperly using data Ohioans have freely shared with them, then we should be asking questions."

"Our role as legislators is to take policy, economics and facts and apply that information in a thoughtful, prudent way that protects our citizens and Ohio's businesses," added Eklund. "Historically, Ohio has played a significant role in antitrust matters, and I look forward to hearing testimony from Ohioans about business practices, industry structure and their impact in technology markets."

The committee hearings will take place on Thursday, October 17 at Cleveland State University and Monday, October 28 at the University of Cincinnati, both at 1 p.m. More details will be shared at a later date.

For more information, click here to watch the full press conference on The Ohio Channel.

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