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 April 13, 2017  Posted by  Featured News, Laws, Surveillance, U.S., Youth & Schools

Nick Cahill reports:

Hampered by widespread resistance from civil rights groups, backers of a bill that would allow California teachers and principals to search students’ cellphones pulled their proposal Wednesday.

Brought by the Association of California School Administrators, Assembly Bill 165 seeks to exempt students from recently enacted digital privacy protections against warrantless cellphone and electronic device searches. Critics warned the bill could “sledgehammer” the Fourth Amendment and open up millions of K-12 students to unfettered school and government searches.

“This bill has massive ramifications to the privacy of 6 million students and families,” said Nicole Ozer, of the American Civil Liberties Union of California.

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