On August 1, Illinois became the second state to amend its workplace privacy law to prohibit employers from asking employees and job applicants for their social media passwords. The change to the state’s Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act goes into effect on January 1, 2013. Maryland was the first to pass a similar law in April. Other states like California, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York have similar laws pending. The laws are designed to curb employers’ use of social media accounts to assess the online behavior of a potential new hire or existing employee.
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75 of the U.K.’s largest online companies received letters of inquiry from the Information Commission Office (ICO) (i.e., the U.K.’s privacy watchdog) asking how those companies intend to comply with the new E.U. Cookie Directive which went into effect on May 25. The ICO requested a response within 28 days.
Companies included on the list are: Amazon, AOL, Apple, Domino’s Pizza, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Weightwatchers and Yahoo, among others.