Teachers at colleges and universities are being told that a bill intended to tackle betting on college sports includes a clause that would force teachers to 'spy' on their students, in order to ensure any illegal betting is reported to the police.
Any teachers that refuse to co-operate will be denied federal funding for their school.
The Senate Commerce Committee approved the Amateur Sports Integrity Act, a bill introduced by Senator John McCain, R-Ariz, that would make betting on high school, college or Olympic sports illegal.
The bill, particularly this amendment, has caused tremendous controversy, particularly surrounding the invasion of a student's privacy.
A spokesperson for the Center for Democracy and Technology, Ari Schwartz, believes that for teachers to monitor Internet sites of students will set a precedent. He believes that any organizations that receives any kind of funding will be now be constantly worried.