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Old January 30th, 2015, 10:19 AM   #1
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Can a school demand your Facebook or Twitter login?

This should get interesting. Guilty till proven innocent again? But think about the children!!! Personally, I think it stinks.

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A school district in Illinois is embroiled in controversy after a letter it sent to parents was published, explaining that school officials are allowed to demand access to students' social media accounts.

At the beginning of this year a law went into effect across the state that charges public schools with the task of investigating instances of bullying. It also expands the definition of bullying to include cyberbullying, even if it occurs outside of school hours.

Many privacy advocates are taking issue with the implications of the law - particularly when it's combined with a 2013 law that allows administrators to request a student's login information when they think they are cyberbullying or breaking other school rules.

Jason Koebler, writing for Vice's Motherboard, broke the story, publishing the legal-sounding letter sent to parents by the Triad Community Unit School District No 2.

"If your child has an account on a social networking website, eg, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, ask.fm, etc, please be aware that state law requires school authorities to notify you that your child may be asked to provide his or her password for these accounts to school officials in certain circumstances," the letter reads.

"Illinois can't seem to decide whether it's the home of the mid-western gentlefolk or of the most draconian humans this side of Moscow," writes CNET's Chris Matyszczyk.

Matyszczyk wonders what schools will do if they stumble upon irrelevant information in their search for proof of wrongdoing. For instance, what if they find out about criminal activity or a sexual relationship? What about a medical problem?
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Old January 30th, 2015, 12:06 PM   #2
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This should get interesting. Guilty till proven innocent again? But think about the children!!! Personally, I think it stinks.



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And people wonder why I call it the Socialist Republic of Illinois.
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Old January 30th, 2015, 12:09 PM   #3
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And people wonder why I call it the Socialist Republic of Illinois.
"MAY be ASKED" and not "required to give."
Big difference.
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I liked it better when kids were allowed to slug it out. We'd both get in trouble, but usually we became better friends afterwards.
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Old January 30th, 2015, 12:12 PM   #5
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"MAY be ASKED" and not "required to give."
Big difference.
No, it said required to give. I guess its a choice you can be denied school for your child or teach your child that its ok for government authority figures to have 100% access to your personal life. Yeah..I think I see why leftards would love this law
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No, it said required to give. I guess its a choice you can be denied school for your child or teach your child that its ok for government authority figures to have 100% access to your personal life. Yeah..I think I see why leftards would love this law
What's it matter? The article in the OP says "may be asked." nothing in the article says they are required to ,nor does it stipulate and negative consequences for refusing such a request.
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"asked" is not "demanding" or "required"

I think it's a scare-tactic letter...which is getting a lot of media attention and backfiring on them
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What's it matter? The article in the OP says "may be asked." nothing in the article says they are required to ,nor does it stipulate and negative consequences for refusing such a request.
It says demand your login information. Your not that daft, your just looking for a fight. What happened to you protesting against the man lefties anyway. Now everyone of you swear allegiance to a government and find it distasteful if anyone disagrees with it.
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No, it said required to give. I guess its a choice you can be denied school for your child or teach your child that its ok for government authority figures to have 100% access to your personal life. Yeah..I think I see why leftards would love this law
Paragraph 5 of the linked article...."may be asked." An actual quote from a letter of someone identified by name.
The opening paragraph says "demand". Who wrote that? It claims that's what the letter in question says when clearly the letter itself says "asked."

Now, personally I would strongly object to any legally enforceable demand.

What makes this a "left" vs 'right" thing?
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And people wonder why I call it the Socialist Republic of Illinois.
That's about to change, we now have a Republican Gov., but Chicago and New York City, are still in the clutches of rabid socialistic Democrats.
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