Illinois bars employer access to private social media accounts

It seems as though everyone’s using social media these days – and some employers have tried to use that fact to their advantage. In recent months, there have been news reports of the growing practice among employers to request job applicants’ and even employees’ login information for their personal social media accounts, such as Twitter or Facebook.

Such practices have been called a violation of privacy akin to “requiring someone’s house keys” and have garnered attention from state governments, some of which are moving to outlaw these actions. Maryland was the first state to pass such legislation; Illinois followed suit on August 7, when the state governor signed H.B. 3782. This legislation prohibits employers from requesting access to the personal social networking page of an employee or job applicant. Read more