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IL law protects people's social network information from employers

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Employers now have no say in what you can and can't do on your respective social networking sites.

From now on, your boss will have to look at the information you are willing to share because this new bill keeps them from digging too deep. According to House Bill 3782, employers can not request an employee's or job candidate's social network information to gain access to their profile.

"For 90 or 95 percent of the jobs, it's a real no-brainer.  There's as real need for a separation between what's personal and what's business," said Michael King, with The Workplace.

King says while most positions don't need a relationship between what happens on social network sites and the workplace, there may be a gray area for those who spend their careers under scrutiny and constant observation.

"Jobs that require high character, high integer, public figures perhaps public institutions," said King.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the law Wednesday, putting it into motion.

"And so it is important that we develop the law to make sure we protect the privacy rights of each person," said Quinn.

Jazmin Villarreal is a student.  She'll be looking for work soon and believes if you have public accounts, you're putting enough of yourself out in the open.

"If they wanted to know what you do on Facebook and Twitter then they could just look up your profile just like anybody else does and whatever you decide to post up there and expose, that's all they should be able to look at," she said.

What she's seen on Facebook and other sites is that users can be a little too open with their public profiles.

"I think they should just limit to pleasant things instead of things that makes them look bad."

David Boge manages District Bar and Grill in Downtown Rockford.  He's never requested social media information from his employees.  As long as they can separate work and play, he has no problem with how the use their networks.

"What they do in their spare time is really none of my business," said Boge.

Illinois is only the second state in the country to sign this kind of law.

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