Cyberbullying Bill Could Obstruct Teachers’ and Students’ Privacy Rights

A new assembly bill could strip away privacy rights guaranteed by the 2015 California Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

AB 165, introduced by Assembly Member Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, would make local education agencies exempt from the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The bill defines a local education agency as a county office of education, school district, or charter school.

CalECPA was signed in 2015 by Gov. Brown and went into effect Jan. 1, 2016. The law states that the Government cannot search cell phones or online activity without prior consent or warrant. However, AB 165’s exemption for local education agencies could strip these rights for anyone on a school campus.

While the bill has been touted as way to prevent cyber bullying, the effects could be disastrous. The ACLU of NorCal has already begun its first steps to prevent AB 165 from getting passed.

Read more at the Mercury News.


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