Effective January 1, 2014, employers in Illinois will no longer be permitted to ask their employees for passwords to social networking sites, such as Facebook. The bill was proposed as an effort to protect workers’ privacy and the privacy of prospective employees. While employers are still allowed to ask for user names to view public posts, employers cannot access restricted portions of a user’s profile.
Nicknamed the “Facebook Bill,” Representative LaShawn Ford sponsored the legislation after listening to complaints from his constituents that employers were asking for Facebook passwords. Illinois is now the second state in the nation with legislation that bars businesses from asking employees and prospective employees for social media passwords.