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Information Security and Privacy Council (ISPC)

 The UC San Diego Information Security and Privacy Council (ISPC) is established pursuant to the 2013 UC Privacy and Information Security Steering Committee Report to the President to address privacy risks. The ISPC advises the Executive Vice Chancellor (EVC) and the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO), through the UC San Diego Compliance, Audit, Risk, and Ethics Committee (CARE), on privacy matters, information security, and risk.

The ISPC will:

  1. Provide thought leadership, set the strategic direction, and articulate institutional principles and positions to guide people-focused, risk-based decisions, operational policy development, and management actions; serve as UC San Diego’s chief endorsement body for these principles and policies; 

  2. Balance the needs of UC San Diego’s many values and obligations, such as innovation, openness, freedom of inquiry, ethical behavior, transparency, accessibility, operational effectiveness, and administrative and legal requirements in the evaluative and ameliorative process; 

  3. Identify risks to the institution and to individuals and recommend privacy and information security strategy to address laws, regulations, policies, threats, gaps, and incident trends investigated by the Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT); 

  4. Advise and guide the Campus and Health Sciences’ Privacy Officers/Directors and Information Security Officers on privacy readiness efforts to ensure personal data of individuals are processed legally, ethically, transparently, and consistently with a focus on preparing UC San Diego for a long-term, sustainable, effective privacy program; 

  5. Champion privacy values, principles, and balancing process; communicate privacy and security information to UC San Diego constituents; and

  6. Oversee the work of smaller working groups addressing specific issues; review proposed standards, guidelines, and policies

Current groups:

  • Research Use of Student Data Tiger Team (addressing the guidelines and processes for research use)
    • Representation from:  VC-Research, VC-Student Affairs, Registrar, Privacy, IRB, SoM, BFS, Advancement, Institutional Research, Teaching and Learning Commons)
  • Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) Policy work group (draft proposed ALPR policies for Transportation Services and other operators of ALPRs)
    • Representation from:  Counsel, Transportation, Police Department, Ethics and Compliance, Policy and Records, Academic Senate. Students as first reviewers of each draft. 
  • Laws and Regulations Ad Hoc Work Group (charged with addressing changes in privacy laws, regulations, and urgent needs
    • Campus GDPR and China PIPL implementation
    • Revision of the website privacy statement 
  • Work completed 10/2022:  Local Electronic Communications Policy (ECP) revision (revised PPM 135-5 to include privacy procedures for access without consent and new PPM 135-09 Acceptable Use Policy)

ISPC Charter

ISPC Charter Document (PDF)

ISPC Membership

Permanent Members 

  • Up to 3 faculty members, as recommended by Academic Senate Committee on Committees (staggered 3 year terms)
  • Chief Privacy Officer, Campus
  • Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, UCSD Health
  • CISO, UCSD Health 
  • CISO, Campus
  • VC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (or delegate)
  • VC Student Affairs (or delegate)              
  • AVC Enrollment Management 
  • AVC Research Affairs 
  • AVC Resource Management & Planning
  • AVC Advancement Services 
  • AVC Marine Sciences 
  • Assistant Dean, School of Medicine 
  • Chief Campus HR Officer 
  • Chief Health HR Officer 
  • Chief Procurement Officer
  • Policy & Records Administration Director 
  • Campus Counsel 
  • Director of Compliance 
  • 1 Undergraduate student (1 year term), as selected by the Associated Students 
  • 1 Graduate student (1 year term), as selected by the Graduate and Professional Student Association 

 Ad hoc Members 

Based on the nature of the issue, initiative, program, impact, or law, additional other members of UC San Diego may be included. Ad hoc members may include the following individuals or representatives from the following areas (non-exhaustive list): 

  • Designee of the EVC 
  • University Registrar 
  • Institutional Research 
  • Colleges 
  • Export Control Office 
  • Undergraduate Education 
  • Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Government Relations 
  • Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)
  • University Librarian  
  • Student Health and Well-Being
  • Audit and Management Advisory Services Director 
  • Campus Police 
  • Halicioğlu Data Science Institute 
  • Institute for Practical Ethics