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Oregon bill would guard students' Facebook passwords

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The Senate has passed a bill that would bar universities and community colleges from requiring students or prospective students to provide login information for their Facebook and other social media accounts.

The Senate voted unanimously Monday for the bill, which now goes to the House.

Under the bill, public universities and community colleges could not compel or require students to turn over passwords and other login information. As part of an investigation, though, a school could ask a student to share content from their social media accounts.

Lawmakers say the bill is a pre-emptive measure to protect Oregon students from unwarranted checks on their personal accounts.

A companion bill would ban bosses from demanding that employees and job applicants turn over their social media passwords and login information.

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