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Illinois Rep. Introduces Bill To Change ‘Facebook Law’

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) - A recent Illinois law prohibiting employers from asking for employees’ Facebook password is already under attack.

State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) says he is introducing a bill to address what he says are the law’s unintended consequences. “One, I don’t think it was necessary for the bill to be passed in the first place, but two the way the bill is written right now, I believe it unduly places handcuffs on an employer’s ability to protect their own property rights…and also to preserve a safe and secure workplace,” Durkin said.

The law allows employers to see public Facebook profiles only. According to Durkin if a supervisor asks for the information they are subjected to fines and penalties.

State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) who sponsored the existing law, doesn’t see a need for any changes. “Not only are you giving a person’s password to their Facebook, you’re giving their credit card information and you’re giving their email passwords. And that’s totally a violation to right to privacy,” Ford said.

Both representatives have expressed interest in working with one another on the bill.

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