The latest legal development related to the employer practice of requiring applicants or employees to divulge the contents of their Facebook or similar social networking accounts has occurred in Illinois. On August 1, 2012, Gov. Pat Quinn signed Public Act 97-0875, amending the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. The new law, which will take effect January 1, 2013, makes it unlawful for an employer to request or require any employee or prospective employee to provide any password or other account information in order to gain access to the person's account or profile on a social networking website, or to demand access in any manner to such a person's account. Employers remain free to monitor and regulate the use of their electronic equipment, including the use of such equipment to access the Internet and social networking websites. Information in the public domain is expressly not governed by the new law.
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Illinois enacts law banning social networking account intrusions by employers
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