Illinois employees ‘Like’ Gov. Quinn’s new social networking law
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If you apply for a job in Illinois, as of January 1, 2013, employers will no longer be allowed to require your social media passwords – on such accounts as Twitter and Facebook – when you apply for or get the job.
To end the current trend and criticism of job applicants having their privacy trounced by employers requiring access to their employees’ social networking sites’ activities, the new bill protects the job seekers and holders. Potential employers, however, are obviously allowed to view social networking information about an applicant that is available to the general public for viewing.
This law does not stop an employer from restricting the use of social networks, email, or other Internet activities at work.
Governor Pat Quinn signed the controversial law on Wednesday which makes Illinois the second state to have such a law. The measure comes after many have complained that they were required to deactivate their profiles on social network-type accounts are even have lost their jobs after their bosses was what they’ve posted in the past. Besides individuals stating that the act of having to relinquish their passwords was unjust, the ACLU and other civil liberties groups have been involved with calling for the passage of this bill. Read More
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