DETROIT
12/28/2012 08:42 pm ET Updated Feb 27, 2013

Michigan Social Media Privacy: Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Online Privacy Legislation

(LANSING, Mich.) -- Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation protecting the online privacy of Michigan residents.

House Bill 5523 prohibits employers and educational institutions from asking applicants, employees and students for passwords and other account information used to access private email accounts and social network accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.

"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."

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton).

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