Spotlight for Career Services ProfessionalsSpotlight for Recruiting ProfessionalsAugust 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.
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