Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a legislation that prohibits Michigan companies and educational institutions from asking their workers and students for personal login information for social media networks like Facebook. Here you can find official release. Why it’s not always a good idea to put anything and everything online – ask Randi Zuckerberg???
The legislation “House Bill 5523”, introduced by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, Under the new law, Michigan employers can’t discipline employees or decline to hire job applicants for refusing to surrender social media account information “including user names, passwords, login information, or other security information that protects access to a personal internet account.” Violation of the law qualifies as a misdemeanor, punishable by fines of no more than $1,000.
“Cyber security is important to the reinvention of Michigan, and protecting the private internet accounts of residents is a part of that,” Snyder said in a press release. “Potential employees and students should be judged on their skills and abilities, not private online activity.”
“Let’s get the parameters out there,” said Rep. Aric Nesbitt, who introduced the legislation. “Lets demonstrate there are limits.” Nesbitt said he worked with various groups on the law. Michigan State University, for example, wanted language that said the university owns the @msu.edu email addresses, he said. Some businesses wanted language to reflect that some companies are prohibited from having social media accounts.
– Rule applies not only to companies, but also to a public or private educational institution.
– An employer can’t ask an employee or an applicant for employment to grant access to personal internet account.
– Earlier this year, Delaware banned public and private schools from requiring students’ social media account information.
– California also passed a such a law in september that barred companies from asking its workers to surrender their social media account passwords.
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