Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Illinios Legislature : Give Us Your Social Media Passwords

A new Illinois law passed by legislators now can demand a student's social media password.  This is the equivalent of your being required to give law enforcement keys to your house without a warrant.

This law is in direct conflict with the 4th amendment of the Constitution of illegal search and seizure without warrent.

The new law gives school districts and colleges the ability to demand a student's social media password regardless if it was posted after hours
Some parents have already received letters from the schools to notify them of the new rules.  

I would never allow any child in my family to give up their password.  The passwords are protected under a parent's authority who granted them internet access through their account.  No child can get a telecommunications account to the internet accept through a parent or guardian.  No telecommunications company will do business with a minor under the age of 18.  

Synopsis of the law via Illinois General Assembly :

"In provisions concerning bullying prevention, prohibits a student from being subjected to bullying through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a nonschool-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by a school district or school if the bullying substantially interferes with or limits the victim's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by a school or substantially disrupts the educational process or orderly operation of a school. Provides that the definition of bullying includes cyber-bullying; defines "cyber-bullying". Provides that a school district's or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school's policy on bullying shall include a process to investigate whether a reported act of bullying is within the scope of the district or school and, if not, a process for referral of such an act to the appropriate jurisdiction. Requires computers without web-filtering software or computers with web-filtering software that is disabled to be used when complaints of cyber-bullying are investigated. Effective immediately."

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