Illinois passes social media privacy law to safeguard employee passwords

Law is similar to existing legislation in Maryland and Delaware

Illinois job applicants and employees can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they can keep their digital lives private.

On Wednesday, Illinois became the third state to pass a law that bars employers from requiring job applicants or employees to disclose their social media account passwords. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2013, and aims to tackle potential discrimination arising from such online snooping.

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