• Legal Issues: Illinois Employers Prohibited From Asking for Social Network Account Information

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    August 15, 2012
     

    On August 1, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law making it illegal for an employer to request a job candidate’s or employee’s social network account information to gain access to his or her profile. Maryland enacted a similar law in May.  

    However, the law—which will take effect on January 1, 2013—does not prevent employers from viewing information that isn’t restricted by privacy settings on a website. Employers are also free to set workplace policies on the use of the Internet, social networking sites, and e-mail. 

    Maryland enacted a similar law in May. Several other states—such Delaware, New Jersey, and Washington—are considering similar bans.  


Legal Issues: Illinois Employers Prohibited From Asking for Social Network Account Information