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Ohio renter law requires collection of personal data, photo

January 15, 2009 by  

Personal information is collected about tenants in a suburb of ClevelandA Maple Heights, Ohio law that requires landlords to collect personal information and photos of their tenants has attracted complaints about its privacy implications.

ACLU attorney Melvyn Durchslag said the measure was likely enacted to keep students from outside the school district from attending the suburb’s schools, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

The law at stake obligates landlords to provide the city with data on tenants, including names of adults, number of adults and children living in a residence, names and ages of children, which schools the children attend, residents’ signatures and photographs.

"In their zeal to search out a few people who may be improperly registered for school, city officials have jeopardized residents’ personal information and contributed to our ever-expanding surveillance society," Durchslag said, according to the news provider.

City officials told the Plain-Dealer they would seek to address the issue and that no one had ever complained about it before.

Durchslag said that the ACLU had battled Maple Heights previously over the use of personal data. In 2002, the organization won a lawsuit against the school district centering on the proof required for enrolling new students.

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  • Bob Livingston

    This, like all other ploys into private information comes under the heading of “in the public interest.” Here again, the use of high-sounding terms to get personal information is what is going on in Maple Heights, Ohio. There is not much of a solution on a personal level with things like this. People just have to be more alert and more creative and learn to match wits with “authority.”

  • Civilian

    there should be a way to know numbers of people in apartment cause some I lived in have half of their home country living all in one apartment. Some places more worried about onlt numbers of caucasian.

  • s c

    I don’t know what’s going on Ohio, but it sounds like someone has found a way to get people to swallow yet another double-edged political sword – and do it in the name of ‘sacrifice.’
    No, no, and no! Bureaucrats are very good at putting people to sleep, while they use new tricks to accumulate ‘keep-me-in-office-points.’ I’d be surprised if this can be limited to a single county. As soon as the rest of the elected herd sees that people were stupid enough to accept it, you can expect it to become legislation headed for passage at the state capital (can you say monkey see, monkey do?).
    These creeping-stupidity ‘wizards’ need to be singled out for public ridicule. Period.


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