Internet Law

Ill. Gov Signs 'Facebook Bill'; As of Jan. 1, Employers Who Ask For Passwords Can Be Fined $200-Plus


A new law on a cutting-edge social media issue has gotten a sign-off from the governor of Illinois.

Under the “Facebook bill,” which takes effect Jan. 1, employers can be fined $200 or more if they request personal passwords to the social media site, reports the Chicago Tribune.

However, employers can still legally look at public Facebook material.

Additional and related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “New Md. Law May Be First in Country Banning Employers From Seeking Workers’ Social Media Passwords”

Associated Press: “Illinois employers barred from asking job applicants to hand over social networking passwords”

Updated on Aug. 2 to link to Associated Press article.

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