Michigan has joined a growing number of privacy-conscious states by passing a bill that “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.”

To put it simply, employers and schools cannot require you to give up your Facebook, Twitter, or any private online account credentials for review. This, however, does not mean you’re in the clear to post drunken pictures or defaming status updates.  Laws like this don’t protect you from your own stupidity.

In a press release, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said “Potential employees and students should be judged on their skills and abilities, not private online activity.”

Despite this, over-sharing and broadcasting your life to the internet is never a good idea. We’re all interested in your new kitten or the fun time you had on vacation, but complaining about professors, bosses, fellow employees, or your personal life is not recommended. And if you do, be smart and don’t add your boss or every single person you meet from work on Facebook. Things will find a way of getting around.

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