Effective January 1, 2014, Illinois H.B. 64 prohibits post-secondary schools from requesting or requiring that a student or their parent or guardian provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website, or demanding access in any manner to a student’s social media website account or profile. Certain exceptions apply.
H.B. 64 also requires that an elementary or secondary school provide notification to the student and their parent or guardian that the school may request or require a student to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website. Such requests or requirements are only allowed if the school has reasonable cause to believe that the student’s account contains evidence that the student has violated a school disciplinary rule or policy. The notification must be published in the elementary or secondary school’s disciplinary rules, policies, or handbook or communicated by similar means.