Residents of Michigan no longer have to worry about being tagged in uncompromising photos on Facebook thanks to a new law, which protects social media accounts from schools and employers.
The Internet privacy protection act, better known as House Bill 5523, "prohibit[s] employers and educational institutions from requiring certain individuals to grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose information that allows access to or observation of personal Internet accounts."
The bill, which passed last week, was signed by Governor Rick Snyder and introduced by State Rep. Aric Nesbitt. Synder discussed the bill in a press release:
“Potential employees and students should be judged on their skills and abilities, not private online activity."
Michigan is not the first state to draw the line when it comes to releasing personal online information. Delaware and Maryland passed laws that ban schools from asking for students' social media account information. California also passed a similar law protecting passwords of employees from employers.