Legislature Protects Students’ Privacy

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon college students can breathe easy knowing their universities will not have access to their social media accounts after a bill passed almost unanimously Monday.

The Legislature voted 57 to 1 in favor of barring colleges and universities from having access to students’ social media accounts and passwords.

“I’m glad they’re not able to access my social media, but I wouldn’t really care if they were able to because I don’t have any embarrassing information on social media,” one student told KEZI 9 News.

“Having access to your password and having accessibility to what you are seeing on your own profile, rather than what your public profile is, I think is too personal for anyone but yourself to have access to,” another student told KEZI 9 News.

The bill does not prohibit schools from requiring students to friend or connect with them online.

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