What is 'Tactical Privacy'?

There are numerous organizations providing some great guidance, effect practices and/or tools to address various student data privacy issues. The challenge is that much of this work does not address many of the “on the ground” needs seen by schools, districts states and territories each day. We call these issues “tactical privacy” issues. The Consortium’s members address these day-to-day, real-world multi-faceted issues faced each day in the protection of learner information.


The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) is an unique collaborative of schools, districts, regional, territories and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations and marketplace providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. The Consortium also leverages work done by numerous partner organizations but focuses on issues being faced by “on-the-ground” practitioners.

Consortium Goals
  • Establish a community of stakeholders who have various needs addressed through policy, technology and/or effective practice sharing around effective privacy management,

  • Identify projects that have on-the-ground and real-world impact on student data privacy enabling schools, districts, state and vendors find resources, adapt them to their unique context and implement needed protections,

  • Development of tools and resources to address operational issues not currently being addressed,

  • Leverage partnership organizations working in the privacy space to have their good work utilized and no reinvention of existing work,

  • Development of a clearinghouse of student data privacy operational issues and resources to support schools, districts, states and vendors in managing those issues – no matter where the resources originate.


The Governance leadership serves the SDPC leadership in various functions including:

  • Meeting Delivery (scheduling, note taking, document (physical and digital) generation, etc.)

  • Finance and Outreach Support (invoicing, marketing, finance reporting, outreach, etc.)

  • Project Support (management, maintenance, expansion, curating of the resources, tools, etc.)

The current SDPC Governance Team includes:

  • Karen Fuller, Texas K12 CTO Council / Houston ISD
  • George Gatsis, Follett School Solutions
  • Steve Setzer, Kimono
  • Jeff Simons, Washington School Information Processing Cooperative (WSIPC)
  • Steve Smith, Cambridge Public Schools
  • Amelia Vance, Future of Privacy Forum

The SDPC Governance Team have recently approved the following documents:

Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) Policy & Procedures 2018

Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) Membership Agreement