Meanwhile, Illinois has narrowed its social media privacy law. S.B. 2306 amends the state’s Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to allow employers to screen, monitor, and retain communications of employees’ and applicants’ professional accounts to comply with state insurance laws, federal laws, or rules of a self-regulatory organization as defined under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. “Professional account” means “an account, service, or profile created, maintained, used, or accessed by a current or prospective employee for business purposes of the employer.” In contrast, “personal account” means “an account, service, or profile on a social networking website that is used by a current or prospective employee exclusively for personal communications unrelated to any business purpose of the employer.” The amended law will take effect on January 1, 2014.
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