How the data is collected and stored
The transferring of individual level data between local authorities with the Scottish Government uses secure transfer systems. The storage of this data within Scottish Government, is managed effectively by the Analytical Data Infrastructure Unit (within the Scottish Government).
The individual data about the views from children and young people is collected by the Scottish Government’s Education Analytical Services for statistical and research purposes only for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.
The Scottish Government will not publish or make publicly available any information that allows individual people be identified, nor will data be used by Scottish Government to take any actions in respect of individuals.
Requirements of Others
Schools and local authorities who originally collected the data from individuals are required to provide privacy notices to parents, carers, children and young people to explain how the personal data will be collected and used, and who it will be shared with.
Retention of Data
Education data within the Scottish Government is managed effectively by secure systems on secure servers and is exploited as a valuable corporate resource, subject to confidentiality restraints.
Regarding the retention of data, Article 5 of the UK GDPR “Principles relating to processing of personal data” states:
“personal data may be stored for longer periods insofar as the personal data will be processed solely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes in accordance with Article 89(1) subject to implementation of the appropriate technical and organisational measures required by this Regulation in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of the data subject”.
The data are processed in line with this legislation. The information collected will be used to inform planning and provision of education, and the linkage of such data to educational outcomes, etc. For example, researchers or charities may be interested in applying for access to education data to meet their own research needs.
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