Michigan committee passes bill against employer access to employee social media accounts

A Michigan House committee has passed legislation on a bill preventing employers and universities from asking prospective employees and students for access to their social media profiles and personal e-mail accounts.

House Bill 5523 is aimed at preventing discrimination against candidates who refuse to surrender usernames and passwords of their social media and e-mail accounts.

According to reports, the Bill has successfully moved the through the House Energy and Technology Committee. It will now proceed to the full House for consideration.

Analysts say that the bill was inspired by published reports from all over the United States saying that employers are demanding access to their job candidates’ social media accounts during initial interviews.

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