Medina, OH asked in Criminal Law and Business Law for Ohio

Q: Can the electric company ask for person information regarding my husband's incarceration?

I am trying to switch the electric bill to my name since my husband has been incarcerated. Can they legally ask for his incarceration dates, where he's being incarcerated, and his inmate number?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
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A: An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. If they have a policy along the lines of of "reserving the right to obtain any and all information in furtherance of maintaining the integrity of accounts... ," or something to that effect, it could be difficult to challenge. One option could be to contact a public agency that oversees utilities (Ohio Public Utilities Commission or others possibly) to ask if such an information request is reasonable. Another option could be to explore whether their customer service could find an easier means of accomplishing what you are trying to do (maybe adding a name to an existing account if that is easier?). Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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