SPRINGFIELD, Ill (KMOX/IRN) – Right now if you’re applying for a job, its OK for a prospective employer to ask you for your Facebook or Twitter password, but if some local lawmakers have their way it will be illegal in Illinois.

A bipartisan bill doing just that has already made it to the Illinois House with just some minor changes. State Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) says this is one of the few things lawmakers can agree on.

“No one would ask for an individual’s passwords for their ATM or their passwords for their e-mail or their passwords to access their online banking, so you shouldn’t be asking for anyone’s (social media) passwords,” Ford says.

The measure also bans businesses from requesting usernames. Ford says it s not just a privacy issue but also a financial security issue, since some people can purchase things on social networks using their credit card information.

Ford believes Illinois will be the first state to protect people and their rights to privacy with social media.

Copyright KMOX Radio/Illinois Radio Network


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