Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Wednesday at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where several students lamented that online snooping by bosses has caused some to lose out on jobs and forced others to temporarily deactivate their online profiles.
Illinois employers barred from asking job applicants to hand over social networking passwords
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Illinois is only the second state to have such a law on the books, and it leaves no exceptions — even for openings that require thorough background checks.
“Especially in times like this when there are not a lot of jobs, that puts a lot of pressure on you. It’s hard to resist,” said Pegah Shabehpour, a 22-year-old architecture student browsing the Internet at the ITT campus library.
“I’ve heard of some friends deactivating their accounts when they are applying for jobs and once they get a job, reactivating them,” she said, though she’s never been asked for her passwords.
The governor said it was important to ensure privacy laws keep pace with technology. Read More
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Posted on August 1, 2012, in social networking and tagged bans social networking passwords, civil liberties groups, Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois law, social networking. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.