A proposed law would force your kid to hand over access to their social media accounts to law enforcement if they’re charged with a crime.
Chicago Democratic Sen. John Mulroe’s bill would force minors charged with a crime to open their social media accounts to law enforcement. The measure also denies minors from using any social media platforms while awaiting trial. Sen. Mulroe says the bill is meant as a resource for law enforcement and preventative measure for minors.
“A tool for law enforcement and the judge to say, hey, take that stuff off your social media or give me access to it so I make sure you’re not committing any other crimes while you're charged with a current crime,” Mulroe said.
Sen. Mulroe acknowledges concerns over privacy and constitutional rights raised in his bill but says there are limitations to those rights.
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“There’s certain times where there’s exceptions to all of those the first amendment is not designed to say anything at anytime, it's all gotta be reasonable, This is a balancing test.”
Not everyone is behind the idea. Director of Public Policy for ACLU of Illinois Ed Yohnka says the bill limits juveniles free speech rights.
“I think it's a very far broad reach and broad overreach by the government into what are the speech rights of people who’ve not yet been convicted of a crime,” Yohnka said. “You are beginning this process and limiting somebody’s free speech rights before that process actually takes place.”
Senate Bill 2871 has been sent to a Senate subcommittee, where Mulroe says future discussions on privacy concerns will be addressed.