FPF is thrilled to announce the new Director of our Youth & Education Privacy Program, David Sallay. David comes to FPF from the Utah State Board of Education, where he previously served as the Chief Privacy Officer and the Student Privacy Auditor at the Utah State Board of Education, where he worked with schools and districts on implementing Utah’s state student privacy law.
Before focusing on privacy, he worked in education as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language at Qatar University and high schools in Hungary. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Utah and a Master’s in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.
Learn more about David in the Q&A below.
You started out as a teacher–how did you get involved in student privacy?
I was in the right place at the right time. I worked for the Utah State Board of Education as the assessment data specialist when Utah passed its student privacy law, which created several new positions. It seemed like an exciting new area to work in, so I applied and got the job.
What’s one thing that you wish more teachers understood about student privacy?
I wish more teachers knew that student privacy doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. We shouldn’t have to make trade-offs where you can’t teach as well or use helpful tools in the classroom to achieve security or privacy. Still, since privacy is unfortunately rarely the default setting, we’ll want to