Law Grants Illinois Schools Access to Student Social Media Passwords

A new law allows schools and universities in Illinois to demand students’ social media passwords if a student is believed to have violated campus cyber bullying policies.

A new law in Illinois that went into effect Jan. 1 gives schools access to the passwords of student social media accounts in an effort to stop cyberbullying.

Previously, schools could take action against students if online bullying occurred when the student posted something to Twitter or Facebook during the school day. Now, with the new law, schools and universities can demand a student’s password if they believe the student has violated school policies – even after school hours, Fox 2 News reports.

Last week, some schools sent letters to parents notifying them of the change.

Critics of the new law say it raises privacy concerns.

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