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Michigan Joins Other States In Prohibiting Employers From Requesting Social Media Account Passwords

Published by on January 3, 2013

Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law Michigan’s Social Network Account Privacy Act (House Bill 5523), prohibiting employers and educational institutions from requesting that applicants, employees, or students provide their account information or passwords to access private internet, email, and social network accounts.  More after the break. Michigan House Bill 5523 provides that an employer […]

Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law Michigan’s Social Network Account Privacy Act (House Bill 5523), prohibiting employers and educational institutions from requesting that applicants, employees, or students provide their account information or passwords to access private internet, email, and social network accounts.  More after the break.

Michigan House Bill 5523 provides that an employer cannot request an employee or applicant grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose information that allows access to the employee’s or applicant’s personal internet account.  The Bill also prohibits employers from terminating, disciplining, failing to hire, or otherwise penalizing an employee or applicant for refusing to disclose information that allows access to or observation of the employee’s or applicant’s personal internet account.

The Bill including four exceptions and does not apply when (1) an employee transfers the employer’s “proprietary or confidential information or financial data” to the employee’s personal Internet account; (2) the employer is conducting a workplace investigation, provided that the employer has “specific information about activity on the employee’s personal internet account;” (3) the employer pays for the device, in whole or in part; and (4) the employer is “monitoring, reviewing, or accessing electronic data” on its network.

Michigan joins Maryland, Illinois, California, and Delaware to pass a law of this type.  To read more about Michigan’s Social Network Account Privacy Act, click here.

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