Illinois employers no longer will be allowed to ask for their workers’ passwords to social networking sites under a measure Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Wednesday.
Dubbed “the Facebook bill,” the legislation is designed to protect the privacy of workers and those applying for jobs. Employers can still request user names to review public posts, but would not be able to request access restricted portions of an employee or job applicant’s online profile.
Quinn said the law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, is needed to keep up with evolving technology.
“It’s important to understand that even though we live in an information world, a very fast-paced world where we can get information in split-seconds, there’s some information… that belongs just to the person,” Quinn said. “If they want to share it, that’s their business, but privacy is a fundamental right.”
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