By Illinois Statehouse News
SPRINGFIELD — A proposal banning employers from asking applicants or employees for their social media passwords is advancing in the Legislature.
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Supervisors could still ask for user names that would allow them to view public information on the sites, and the measure says employers can set company guidelines for Internet and social media usage during work hours.
The move Wednesday comes after U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-District 9, picked up sponsorship for the Social Networking Online Protection Act, which would prevent employers and schools from asking for the social media passwords of applicants, employees and students.
“Technology has moved faster than our laws have,” state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, said.
“There is so much private information that we do through social networking sites … If you protect any of that information behind a password then it is absolutely appropriate that no one should be able to have it,” Hutchinson said.
The bill has passed the House.