Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Legislation Protecting Michiganders’ Online Privacy

Schools and businesses cannot ask employees for passwords for personal social media accounts.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation on Dec. 28 protecting the online privacy of Michiganders by prohibiting employers and educational institutions from asking applicants, employees and students for passwords and other account information used to access private Internet and email accounts, including social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

House Bill 5523, sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt, also penalizes educational institutions for dismissing or failing to admit a student who does not provide such details.

“Cyber security is important to the reinvention of Michigan, and protecting the private Internet accounts of residents is a part of that,” Snyder said. “Potential employees and students should be judged on their skills and abilities, not private online activity.”

HB 5523 is now Public Act 478 of 2012.  

catherine clark January 01, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Please. It's Mchganan, NOT Michigander. Michgander came about after the MI-OH "Toledo War". They called us "silly geese" for wanting the UP rathe than Toledo..
Leslie Curtis January 01, 2013 at 04:34 PM
At least he got that right.
Rebecca January 01, 2013 at 08:58 PM
I think that labor, and if you work for anyone other than yourself, you are labor. I think Labor will focus on the 2014 elections to ensure that Snyder is a one term Governor, His lies, misdirection and slight of hands will catch up with him. That is the prudent thing to do and launch a electable candidate.
Nathan Wagstaff January 02, 2013 at 01:53 AM
The fact that any employer was evil enough to do that just reminds me how sick people can get.


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