The Internet Privacy Protection Act, going into effect today, was enacted by the Michigan legislature following several nationally publicized stories of employers demanding that job applicants hand over facebook or twitter account passwords on the spot in order to get the job.
The law prohibits employers from demanding employees or job applicants to provide an internet account password. Colleges may also not ask students or prospective students the same question. Any information on an internet account that is available in the public domain is fair game for the employer or college to look at, however. This prohibition would not apply to internet accounts that are provided by the employer or school.
The law enables a person who is the subject of a violation to bring a suit for up to $1,000 and injunction against further similar actions.
A violation of this law is a a misdemeanor, punishable by a $1,000 fine.734-883-9584 or at email@example.com to speak with attorney Sam Bernstein