Everyone deserves a certain level of privacy, even employees, and even students. Should school administrators have the right to require students to produce their email passwords or social network passwords or suffer punishment. Many bosses around the country are trying to obtain these from their employees. What to do?
Employers and schools in Michigan, the greatest state in the Nation, are now prohibited from asking employees and students for passwords to their personal email and social media accounts. In a win for reasonable privacy and common sense, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder just signed House Bill 5523 into law introduced by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton.
“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 released statement on 12/28/2012. “Potential employees and students should be judged on their skills and abilities, not private online activity.”
The bill also protects job and school applicants from having to give out their passwords. Offenders to the new law could be charged with a misdemeanor and charged up to a $1,000 fine.
Bills such as these are in response to a troubling trend that surfaced in 2012…
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