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Michigan Makes It Illegal To Ask For Employees' Facebook Logins 132

Posted by timothy
from the nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Michigan joins Maryland as a state where employers may not ask employees or job applicants to divulge login information for Facebook and other social media sites. From the article: 'Under the law, employers cannot discipline employees or decline to hire job applicants because they do not give them access information, including user names, passwords, login information, or "other security information that protects access to a personal internet account," according to the bill. Universities and schools cannot discipline or fail to admit students if they do not give similar information.' There is one exception, however: 'However, accounts owned by a company or educational institution, such as e-mail, can be requested.'"
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Michigan Makes It Illegal To Ask For Employees' Facebook Logins

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  • However.... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by CodeheadUK (2717911) on Friday December 28, 2012 @07:35PM (#42415133) Homepage

    You can be sure that 9 times out of 10, the job will go to the guy/gal who does hand over the info.

  • by Nyder (754090) on Friday December 28, 2012 @07:47PM (#42415235) Journal

    It's against the law to ask employees or prospective employees for login info for social media sites, unless those accounts are owned by a company or an educational institution.

    So I guess the question is, do you own your facebook account? Do you own your gmail account? How about your iTunes account?

    I would guess that those companies would say No.

  • Re:However.... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by pwizard2 (920421) on Friday December 28, 2012 @11:16PM (#42416881)

    Don't you Americans have any basic right to privacy?

    Nope. We have a bunch of fucking sociopaths running the corporate world these days. Another 10 years of this shit and we're all going to be stuck in some neo-dickensian nightmare. The only "people" who have rights anymore are the corporations. The rest of us are just cattle unless you happen to have a high-enough net worth.

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