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May 1, 2015 12:59 PM

NH Senate approves social media password bill


CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire schools would be prohibited from accessing students' social media accounts under a bill that has passed both the House and Senate.

The Senate on Thursday approved an amended version of a bill which previously had passed the House. House lawmakers now will decide whether to go along with the Senate's changes or ask for a committee of conference to reconcile the differences.

Supporters of the bill, including the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, argue that students have a right to personal, private lives outside of school and that accessing their accounts is an invasion of privacy. Opponents say it would prevent schools from fully investigating bullying allegations.

Similar legislation failed last year in New Hampshire, though it has been enacted in other states.


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