A recent Illinois law prohibiting employers from asking for employees’ Facebook password is already under attack.  State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) says he is introducing a bill to address what he says are the law’s unintended consequences.
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“One, I don’t think it was necessary for the bill to be passed in the first place, but two the way the bill is written right now, I believe it unduly places handcuffs on an employer’s ability to protect their own property rights … and also to preserve a safe and secure workplace,” Durkin said.  The law allows employers to see public Facebook profiles only. According to Durkin if a supervisor asks for the information they are subjected to fines and penalties.
State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) who sponsored the existing law, doesn’t believe there need to be any changes “Not only are you giving a person’s password to their Facebook, you’re giving their credit card information and you’re giving their email passwords. And that’s totally a violation to right to privacy,” Ford said.  Both representatives have expressed interest in working with one another on the bill.
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