Delaware bans colleges from requiring students’ social media passwords


Like the state laws, SNOPA would ban employers from requiring workers’ account information—but it also would apply to schools from kindergarten through college.

Willard said SNOPA would be better because it covers a greater scope, but she called the Delaware law a “good start.”

Barnes noted that SNOPA has explicit enforcement provisions for civil penalties that the Delaware law appears to be missing, although DeStefano said it is implied that students will be able to sue based on the new law.

Still, Barnes said she was hopeful that federal and state legislators can work in tandem to protect students’ privacy rights.

Federal action could establish a “permissible floor” for states to build on, she said, adding: “I definitely think Delaware is taking the right step with student privacy legislation.”