Illinois to Ban Employers’ Demands for Social Media Account Information from Current & Prospective Employees

Both houses of the Illinois state legislature have passed a bill that would prohibit employers from asking their employees and prospective employees to provide passwords or other account information about the individual’s social networking accounts or profiles, or to demand access to such information. See HB3782, amending the Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. If the legislation is signed by Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois will join Maryland as the second U.S. state “to ban current and prospective employers from demanding access to employees’ or job candidates’ social networks.” See “Bill protecting job seekers’, employees’ social media passwords advances to Gov. Quinn,” Chicago Tribune (May 23, 2012).

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