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Schools Monitor Students on Social Networking Sites

STUDENT PRIVACY—NEW SOUTH WALES

August 20, 2011

ANI reports that Australian schools have started hiring Internet monitoring companies to review publically available student posts on social networking sites. A school principal said, "Our school policy now extends the concept of the school playground to any environment in the social media platform where a student of the school or a teacher is identified by either name, image or inference." The president of the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties said the monitoring is an "outrageous invasion" of students' privacy, the report states.
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