A controversial Illinois law that allowed schools to request students’ social media passwords pursuant to an investigation has been reversed after the Governor signed a new measure. The original law that allowed schools to request social media passwords while investigating cases like cyber bullying passed a previous General Assembly and took effect at the beginning of this year but under the new provision, schools can no longer demand the login info.
Chief sponsor in the House Republican Representative Mike Fortner says the measure strikes the right balance. Schools can still investigate social media for possible policy violations, just not from behind the secure wall of a user’s login, unless the student willing provides the info.
The new law is something Illinois Association of Principals’ Brian Schwartz says keeps the students privacy paramount. The law signed by the Governor requires elementary and secondary schools to provide notification to the students and their parents or guardians of the updated measure.