SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois workers would be protected from businesses that want access to their Facebook accounts and other social media under legislation sent to the governor’s desk.

The bill says employers cannot require workers or job applicants to grant access to social media.

It’s rare, but there have been cases of job applicants being forced to allow interviewers to examine their private accounts.

The Illinois Senate voted 55-0 Tuesday to ban that practice. The House approved it in March.

Employers could still look at whatever a worker has posted to the general public. And they are allowed to set general workplace policies on Internet and email use.

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