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2012 House Bill 5523: Ban employers or schools asking for Facebook passwords

Public Act 478 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on March 29, 2012, to prohibit employers and schools, colleges and universities from requesting or requiring employees or students to disclose their social networking account passwords, login information or other security information, subject to penalties up to 93 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, plus lawsuit liability. An employee could be disciplined or fired for transferring the employer's proprietary, confidential or financial information to a personal internet account.
    • Referred to the House Energy and Technology Committee on March 29, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on June 5, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on September 12, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 12, 2012.
  2. Passed 108 to 0 in the House on September 12, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on September 13, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee on September 13, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 28, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 4, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 4, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on December 12, 2012, to make district courts the venue for seeking relief from violations rather than circuit courts. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 12, 2012.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2012, to prohibit employers and schools, colleges and universities from requesting or requiring employees or students to disclose their social networking account passwords, login information or other security information, subject to penalties up to 93 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, plus lawsuit liability. An employee could be disciplined or fired for transferring the employer's proprietary, confidential or financial information to a personal internet account.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 12, 2012.
  6. Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 13, 2012, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 27, 2012.

Comments

Re: 2012 House Bill 5523 (Ban employers or schools asking for Facebook passwords )  by marcysmith on January 6, 2013 
There are many other questions that are illegal for employers to ask or for schools to ask a student. It is important to recognize these questions, and to know how to respond if you are ever asked one. There are pros and cons about answering and not answering an illegal question.

Re: 2012 House Bill 5523 (Ban employers or schools asking for Facebook passwords )  by inform4 on April 11, 2012 
Totally agree with HB 5523. I hope it takes immediate effect. It is none of an employers or a school districts business what someone's password is and they have no business either requesting or mandating someone to give it to them. Asking for someones Facebook password violates an individual's privacy.

2012 House Bill 5523 (Ban employers or schools asking for Facebook passwords )  by admin on April 11, 2012 
Introduced in the House on March 29, 2012

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