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Ohio's Citizens Bill of Rights to Confidentiality

    Section 1

    • The first section refers to a citizen's right to live freely, under the law, without government interfering with ability to acquire and defend his liberty, property, happiness and safety. The first section reads, "All men are, by nature, free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and seeking and obtaining happiness and safety."

    Sections 3 and 4

    • These two sections speak to a citizen's right to confidentially assemble and to bear arms without notifying the government of their intentions or actions. Section 3 reads, "The people have the right to assemble together, in a peaceable manner, to consult for their common good; to instruct their Representatives; and to petition the General Assembly for the redress of grievances." Section 4 reads, "The people have the right to bear arms for their defence and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power." Both of sections speak to a citizen's rights to assemble and bear arms confidentially, in a private setting, without governmental inference or knowledge.

    Section 11

    • This section allows citizens to speak their minds freely and confidentially without duress of the government. The section reads, "Every citizen may freely speak, write, and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of the right; and no law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech, or of the press. In all criminal prosecutions for libel, the truth may be given in evidence to the jury, and if it shall appear to the jury, that the matter charged as libelous is true, and was published with good motives, and for justifiable ends, the party shall be acquitted."

    Section 14

    • The Bill of Rights probably speaks the most directly to confidentiality in Section 14. This section addresses a citizen's right to be free of undue searches and seizures from the government. The section reads, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and possessions, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person and things to be seized." This allows citizens to confidentially keep their possessions in their home.

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