Come January 1st, Illinois employers will be banned from asking their workers or potential workers for passwords to their social media accounts. Governor Pat Quinn signed the law Wednesday, saying privacy is a fundamental right for every person in the state. The move is designed to keep workers from being reprimanded over something they've posted on their personal pages.
It also keeps employers from screening job applicants and making a hiring decision based on social network profiles. But State Senator Christine Radogno urges people to still be careful about what they post on their personal pages, like Facebook and Twitter.
The law's definition of social networking sites does not include email, and it does not prevent employers from using information on accounts that aren't set to private. Illinois is the second state to enact such a law.