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Lawmaker Drafts Bill To Protect Students' Online Profiles

PRIVACY—U.S.

April 30, 2012

A New York lawmaker has introduced federal legislation aimed at protecting students from having to disclose personal online information, The New York Times reports. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) has introduced The Social Networking Online Protection Act, which would forbid administrators from requiring potential or current students to provide usernames or passwords to online services as part of enrollment or disciplinary processes. "We have to draw a line between what is publicly available information and what is personal, private content," said Engel. "I think we would all object to having to turn over usernames and passwords for e-mail accounts, or even worse, to bank accounts. User-generated social media content should be no different." (Registration may be required to access this story.) 
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