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House To Vote On Students' Social Media Privacy

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Allegra Boverman for NHPR
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 On Wednesday the New Hampshire House will vote on whether schools should be able to compel students to disclose their social media activity.

The bill bans schools from demanding access to a student’s user name and password or requiring students to “friend” school officials on Facebook.

It would apply to private and public schools, K through colleges and universities. Prime Sponsor, Merrimack Rep Katherine Rogers says schools that demand access to a student’s social media accounts without a search warrant are denying that student the civil right to privacy.

Any school or any student resource officer is allowed to go in and request a search warrant just as any prosecutor can.

Rogers says with a warrant, evidence of bullying can be used in court if necessary.

Schools would retain the right to monitor their computers and networks.

Fourteen other states have a similar law in place, according to Rogers. 

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