Proposed Mich. law protects personal passwords

The Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill this month that would protect people from having to give their Facebook and Twitter passwords to their boss.

The Internet Privacy Protection Act would keep employers from asking an employee, or a prospective employee, to turn over their passwords to personal email and social media accounts. The bill also bans schools and colleges from getting the personal passwords of students and applicants.

Both schools and employers would not be allowed to penalize those who didn't voluntarily submit their personal account information.

The bill awaits Gov. Snyder’s signature, which if it is signed, will take effect immediately.

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