Effective January 1, 2013, Illinois statute 820 Ill. Comp. Stat. 55/10(b) prohibits employers from demanding access to an employee’s or prospective employee’s social media information.  The law makes it unlawful for an employer to “request or require any employee or prospective employee to provide any password or other related account information in order to gain access to the employee’s or prospective employee’s account or profile on a social networking website.”  The law further prohibits “demand[ing] access in any manner to an employee’s or prospective employee’s account or profile on a social networking website.”  The law expressly does not prohibit an employer from “monitor[ing] usage of the employer’s electronic equipment and the employer’s electronic mail without requesting or requiring any employee or prospective employee to provide any password or other related account information in order to gain access to the employee’s or prospective employee’s account or profile on a social networking website.”  The law also does not apply to information “that is in the public domain.”