Delaware Legislators Are Telling Schools To Back Off Students' Social Media Profiles

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Many employers do it. Same for universities.But in Delaware, legislators are laying down the law and telling both public and private schools they have no right to access students’ social media accounts, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

At the very end of the legislative session, the state senate decided in a unanimous vote that schools can’t require students to give school officials access to their digital lives.

The bill also passed in the House and is on its way to the governor’s desk, where it awaits final approval.

House Bill 309 bars schools from requiring students to disclose their social networking passwords. It also prohibits school officials from asking students to log in to their social media accounts so officials can take a look at their profiles.

Delaware’s ruling is just the latest stop in a long string of social media privacy rights’ issues.

In March, the Associated Press reported some companies and government agencies are asking potential employees to log in to their Facebook accounts in the interview, so the employer can get a look at the applicant’s social media life.

College athletes’ profiles are being monitored, too.

The University of North Carolina requires that each team select one coach or administrator who regularly monitors team members’ social media sites and postings, MSNBC reported in March.

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