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IntroductionWe live in an information society Hassan 2008 where technologies trace what we are and what we do Personal information has become a strategic asset for organizations and businesses People feel they have lost control over their own privacy Hallinan Friedewald McCarthy 2012 Data protection is crucial in todays world even more when it comes to children Schools in Scotland as many other public organizations collect and process pupils personal data in many ways and thus must be regulated by a legal framework This academic report explores the implementation of Data Protection within schools in Scotland First it will gives an overview of the historical context of data protection before exploring current laws and their relevance to Scottish schools based on a literature review Second the report will analyse the impact of current legislations on Scottish schools This part will also explore what initiatives have been taken to help schools in their research of compliance and look over the actual implementation in schools This part will also cover the possible future development of data protection in schools Last the report will conclude and gives a critical reflexion on the present paper Literature reviewHistorical contextAlthough privacy is a rather new concept Warren Brandeis 1890 officially recognized as a human right in 1948 United Nations General Assembly 1948 its involvement in the modern world is undeniable Along with the globalization comes the use of personal data as a crucial asset for every organization as well as a big responsibility towards the data subject It is not unusual in todays world to see a data breach being the headline of a newspaper eg NSAs prism program Pilkington 2013 or Adobes recent data breach Halfacree 2013 It is even more common for people to have concerns about privacy issues Hallinan Friedewald McCarthy 2012 The ubiquity of computers and the growing need for dedicated and personalized services play a major role in this
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