On Tuesday, the Illinois Senate passed House Bill 3782, a bill that prohibits employers from requiring job candidates to provide a username, password, or other related account information in order to gain access to a social networking site where that prospective employee maintains an account or profile. The legislature passed through the Illinois House in March.
The bill is now headed to Governor Pat Quinn. If signed, Illinois will be the second state to ban employers from demanding access to employees’ or job candidates’ personal social media accounts. Maryland passed a similar privacy law which goes into effect October 1, 2012.