Illinois is 3rd State to Legislate Social Media Privacy Law
Michigan also has a similar bill under consideration known as the Social Network Account Privacy Act. The general concept of these laws is to proscribe employers or educational institutions from requiring prospects to provide account access data such as passwords or log-in information.
Many of these prospective employers are law enforcement agencies, perhaps looking to see whether their recruits have any gang connections. Other employers seek inappropriate photos are company disparaging remarks.
This practice is widely regarded as a breach of privacy. Further, it is a breach of the operating agreement for most sites to share a password. While the Justice Department considers the practice of entering a social media site in violation of the site's agreement to be a federal crime; albeit, the JOD has admitted in recent congressional testimony that such crimes will, for now, go un-prosecuted.
These laws are considered by legal experts to be both pro-business and pro-privacy. The benefits to our ever-eroding privacy are obvious. As for business, such legislation relieves a company or educational institution from the duty of monitoring protected digital content.
We will monitor the bill currently pending in the House Committee on Energy and Technology.