- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Legislators are considering a bill making it a misdemeanor for school districts to request access to students’ social media accounts.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1MueqjE) the legislative Task Force on Digital Information Privacy advanced the bill Thursday. The measure only applies to non-school issued accounts and also stops district officials from viewing the accounts without parent permission.

Task force chair Sen. Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie, says obtaining warrants will give law enforcement agencies access to the accounts. He said allowing districts to access students’ accounts exposes their information as well as everyone they’ve interacted with.

Some educators worry the measure will deter teachers from reporting possible crimes.

Members of the Joint Education Interim Committee will decide whether to sponsor the bill during the 2016 legislative session, which starts in February.



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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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