SPPO is led by a Director who also serves as the Department’s Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Agency Official for Privacy. The SPPO Director serves as an expert on privacy across the Department and the field, collaborates with other federal agencies and educational entities with roles in protecting privacy, and advises the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary on issues relating to privacy.
SPPO is responsible for the administration and enforcement of federal laws relating to the privacy of students’ education records, and for the provision of technical assistance on student privacy issues for the broader education community. SPPO’s student privacy functions are divided across two focus areas, providing guidance and best practices, and administering federal education privacy laws. SPPO is responsible for:
- Investigating and enforcing complaints from parents and eligible students relating to their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). SPPO also provides technical assistance to parents and students who feel their rights under FERPA or PPRA may have been violated.
For more information, please visit the Department’s Student Privacy page.
For more information, please visit the Department’s Privacy Safeguards page.
Meet the Leadership
Connect with SPPO
|To view SPPO’s guidance on student privacy||Guidance|
|To contact SPPO’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center||PTAC|
|To join the Student Privacy Listserv||Student Privacy Listserv|
|To access student privacy training resources||Training|
|To file a complaint under FERPA or PPRA||File a Complaint|
|To contact the Department’s Senior Agency Official for Privacy||SAOP@ed.gov|
|To submit an access or amendment request under the Privacy Act||Privacy Act Request|
|To view a more detailed description of SPPO’s work||SPPO's Work|