Illinois becomes the second state to pass a social media privacy law prohibiting employers from requiring applicants or employees to allow employers access to their social media accounts.  The law goes into effect on January 1, 2013.  It does not prohibit employers from obtaining information about applicants or employees in the public domain and it specifically excludes email from its definition of "social networking website."  Maryland was the first state to pass such a law, and at least 14 other states (including California, Washington, and New York) have introduced similar legislation.  A House of Representatives committee is considering legislation as well.  In light of these legislative developments, employers should seriously consider abandoning or severely curtailing such practices.