Illinois Students Now Required to Give Schools Access to Social Media Accounts
A new statewide Illinois anti-cyberbullying law, which came into effect January 1st, “requires that elementary and secondary schools students provide social media passwords” to school officials if there is “reasonable cause to believe [a] student’s social media account has evidence he or she violated a disciplinary rule or policy.” According to The Guardian, “[s]ome Illinois parents have already expressed concern after receiving letters from school districts informing them about the new rules.” In response to concerns from parents, Superintendent Leigh Lewis of the Triad Community Unit School District #2 said “‘[t]he district understands student privacy interests … and will not haphazardly request social media passwords unless there is a need, and will certainly involve parents throughout the process.’”
Maria Naughton for the New Canaan Advisor wrote a piece about increasing student privacy concerns.
THEJournal published a about the FETC 2015 convention and “predictions for the future of data privacy.” SPI’s very own Leah Plunkett and Paulina Haduong are featured!
State of the Union/FTC Speech Reactions
Michael Horn for Forbes wrote a piece on how “President Obama further elevated education to the national agenda in his State of the Union address with a focus on making community colleges free for students and protecting student privacy.”
Fred Humphries, Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs at Microsoft, wrote about President Obama’s FTC speech two weeks ago, during which the president “touched on . . . how [privacy] protections extend to K-12 students, including the expanded role and benefits of technology in the classroom and the accompanying need for greater privacy protections for student data.”
Sara Kloek, Director of Moms with Apps, wrote a piece for the Huffington Post “responding to the President’s call for student privacy.” Featured in the piece are some tips for parents to safeguard their children’s data.