Internet cranks and hackers might think twice about targeting schools, and school administrators might receive quicker notification when service providers learn of internet threats involving schools under terms of proposed legislation discussed at a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 12.

Stiffer penalties proposed for internet wrongdoers and relief from litigation for prompt notification are the mechanisms that could increase school security, the bill's supporters indicated. Critics of the measure said the bill could undermine the privacy rights of internet users.

The House bill intended to crack...

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