Watch out employers—as of January 1, 2013, you won’t be able to compel employees or job applicants to disclose passwords for social networking sites anymore.
On Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, making the state the second, after Maryland, to halt the practice. Other states, including Washington, Delaware, and New Jersey, are considering adopting similar legislation.
"Members of the workforce should not be punished for information their employers don’t legally have the right to have," Gov. Quinn said in a statement. "As use of social media continues to expand, this new law will protect workers and their right to personal privacy."