For anyone following the various Internet privacy arguments found in legislative battles at the federal and many state levels, Illinois made an important ruling. The state passed a law making it illegal for employers to ask for Facebook logins.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but employers across the country began asking its employees for Facebook logins as a background check. Proponents of this action portrayed it as a routine background check while those opposed often compared it to opening somebody's mail.
The law, signed in by Governor Pat Quinn, leaves no leeway for an employer to ask for the logins. Not for background checks, not for monitoring, not for anything.
"We're dealing with 21st-century issues," Quinn said. "... Privacy is a fundamental right. I believe that and I think we need to fight for that."
This is pretty obvious but needs to be said: this doesn't mean they can't look at what you post. So, you know, be smart about that. People have been fired for posting incendiary things to social media. Probably more than we like to think. So, keep your head on a swivel and don't do anything dumb.
Via Huffington Post