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Illinois House passes legislation to ban potential employers from asking for social media site passworsds. What are your thoughts?

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SPRINGFIELD — Employers would be barred from asking workers and job applicants for their passwords to social media sites such as Facebook under legislation approved Thursday by the Illinois House. Although it's rare, some...

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  • March 30, 2012
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  • Amanda D.


    Amanda D.

    Online Content Editor/Writer at Higher Visibility

    I have a feeling no one will disagree! It's really amazing that it has had to come to this, but I'm glad someone is taking a stand.

  • Gregg P.


    Gregg P.

    Software Engineer at Zen Planner

    Certainly sounds like a clear violation of people's civil rights to me. What people share with friends on social sites outside of work should be off limits to employers.

  • Mike R.


    Mike R.

    Quality Manager at Eifeler-Lafer

    I think it is acceptable for an employer or potential employer to search an individuals social media pages to get an idea about the person's character. It crosses the line of privacy when a password or demand for access to information that is not public is required.

  • Gregg P.


    Gregg P.

    Software Engineer at Zen Planner

    @Mike - I agree completely. Employers are free to search the Internet and other sources to screen potential employees. But demanding a password is unacceptable to me.

  • Tom G.


    Tom G.

    Regional Pricing Manager at SunSource

    With all the available information sources and normal interviewing and screening processes, this strikes me not as another tool for HR but as a lazy way to eliminate applicants. Lazy and unethical....

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