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Satchell signs on to bill protecting privacy

April 7, 2014

WEST WARWICK— With social media becoming the newest way to communicate for many people, state legislators are finding ways to protect resident’s digital information from becoming public.

A bill, sponsored by Representative Brian Kennedy (District 38 Hopkinton, Westerly) and Senator Joshua Miller (District 28 Cranston, Providence) was co-sponsored by multiple members of the General Assembly, including Senator Adam Satchell (District 9, West Warwick).

The bill, which was approved by the House recently, would establish two new chapters of state law—one covering student social media privacy and the other covering employee social media privacy.

According to the bill, “no educational institution can require, suggest or cause a student or prospective student to disclose the user name, password or any other means for accessing a personal social media account or divulge any personal social media information.”

It also states that no students should be compelled to add anybody within the school’s administration to their list of contacts via social media as a condition of acceptance and no student can be “discharged, disciplined or penalized” for refusing to disclose their social media information.

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