Recently, the Illinois House approved House Bill 3944 which amends the Illinois Eavesdropping Act. Currently, a citizen can be charged with a felony if he or she record the audio of a police office acting in the line of duty without their knowledge. Cell phones and smart phones today allow for the capture of video and audio without a person’s knowledge. Such information can quickly be disseminated across social media and online file sharing services such as YouTube, Google, and Facebook.
Illinois law requires that all video records with audio requires knowledge and consent by all parties of the recording. Recording a police officer without consent in Chicago or Illinois can result in a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Chicago decided the law was so unfair that it announced the law would not be enforced during last weekend’s NATO protests.
Illinois House Bill 3944 now moves on to the Illinois Senate. The Illinois Senate just yesterday sent a separate eavesdropping bill designed to help police more easily make audio recordings of suspect drug dealers without needing judicial approval.
The Senate also sent Governor Quinn a bill that would prohibit a prospective employer from requiring disclosure of a candidate’s personal online account passwords in order for a prospective employer to access personal web services of the prospective employee including websites such as Facebook. Some employers have requested or required interviewing candidates to hand over their personal account and password information before making an employment offer. This practice is soon to be made illegal under Illinois law.
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