Delaware colleges forbidden from infringing upon students’ social media privacy
- With HB309, Delaware is the first state to pass a law banning schools from requiring students to provide their personal social media login information.
- The law forbids public and private higher education institutions from requesting that a student turn over their login information, asking that students log in to the sites in the presence of a school representative, tracking students' personal online activities, or demanding that a student add a school representative on a site.
- The scope of the bill originally covered primary and secondary schools, as well, but was scaled back in order to help those schools deal with instances of cyber-bullying.
From the article:
Should a university be able to edit a student's Facebook profile or check his private tweets? Absolutely not, said the Delaware state legislature, as it recently passed the first state law to forbid schools from requiring students to divulge personal social media login information. Signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell on July 20, HB309 bans both public and private higher-education institutions from committing a range of student privacy violations. ...
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