Legislature passes bill guarding students' social media passwords

SALEM, Ore. (AP) The Oregon Legislature has passed a bill prohibiting public and private universities from demanding students or applicants turn over their usernames and passwords to social media sites.

In a 57 -1 vote on Monday, the Oregon House sent the bill to the governor's desk.

The bill is partly a response to media reports that some colleges require student-athletes to share links to their social media accounts with coaches and other college staff as a condition of participation.

The measure would not apply to elementary and secondary school students. It also would not prohibit the institution from requiring students "friend" or connect with them.

The Legislature passed a similar bill safeguarding employees' social media login information last month.