As of Sunday, employers or potential employers in the state of Washington can no longer demand passwords to Facebook and other social media sites from employees or applicants, as a bill the state passed in May went into effect, MyNorthwest.com reported.

Violators are subject to fines of up to $500 and court costs, according to MyNorthwest.com.

AP reported when the bill passed in May that employers can still request to see content from employees’ social media sites during internal investigations, if they have received word that those employees are sharing confidential information.

Readers: Does your state have a similar law on its books?

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