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5 Responses to Illinois Facebook bill stops employers from requesting workers' passwords

  1. Randy · 1158 days ago

    A $200 fine? That's peanuts to a company that is interested in doing a decent background check and ongoing monitoring of it's employees and potential employees.
    Now jail time for the executive board members? That might have an effect.

  2. Internaut · 1158 days ago

    If a prospective employer asks for a password, is that not the same as wanting to record all their phone conversations and texts? Of course, the application form may change from 'what is your password' to 'You do not have to provide your password, but we would like it anyway.' The same as not discriminating - but many do.

    The freedom to express one's self is OK, provided that it is positive in content, and agrees with the authorities. Opinions and privacy - express opinions wisely, and expect no privacy.

    Historically, such types of 'information' and privacy have always found a new conduit. Until then, in order to express one's opinions, or ask the boss's daughter on a date in private will require will require the use of some old fashioned tools - such as, PGP email, avoid social networks - even as a casual reader, use anonymous relays, even if just looking around the Internet, and a course in personal security 101.

    The Internet is being used by corporations and government to exercise control.

    With all the expertise at SOPHOS, I look forward to a series of article on just that - where are we headed and what can we do about it.

  3. Jack · 1157 days ago

    As a retired police officer, I find it offensive that some police agencies attempt to obtain this information and some require it. I wonder if they think that if you agree to a site not to tell others of your login information, and you violate that, what will you violate of theirs? This sounds counter intuitive, but some police are that way. I feel that we do not need these laws, but need people that hire to not require this type of information as a common right of the person applying. What else will they explore that is private and how stupid are you for doing it in the first place? What will we expect when it comes to our data out on 'clouds'? This will be a major failing of people who no longer own or control their data.

  4. Randy · 1156 days ago

    If businesses want our Facebook info then so does the government. Maybe I'll delete my account while I am still legally able to do so.

  5. twistedG · 1156 days ago

    Seriously? I have a federal government background clearance. Lol if a prospective employer even asked me for such personal information I would politely and respectively tell them to eff off and give a polite finger. I don't believe this story is real but if it is our world has fallen.

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I've been writing about technology, careers, science and health since 1995. I rose to the lofty heights of Executive Editor for eWEEK, popped out with the 2008 crash, joined the freelancer economy, and am still writing for my beloved peeps at places like Sophos's Naked Security, CIO Mag, ComputerWorld, PC Mag, IT Expert Voice, Software Quality Connection, Time, and the US and British editions of HP's Input/Output. I respond to cash and spicy sites, so don't be shy.