BSI focuses on future-proofing privacy information management

BSI, the business improvement company, has released BS ISO/IEC 27701:2019 Security Techniques – Extension to ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002 for Privacy Information Management – Requirements and Guidelines to provide organisations with the operational controls needed to support the response to new privacy requirements like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Organisations are facing a dual-challenge: to collect and process an increasing volume of data, while also ensuring compliance to the new and growing list of privacy regulation and new legislation being developed across the globe.

The British Standard offers a framework for Personally Identifiable Information (PII) controllers and processors to protect collected personal data. It sets out a programme to establish, implement and maintain a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS) as an extension to an ISO IEC 27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS).

It’s applicable to all types and sizes of organisation, including public and private companies, Government entities and not-for-profit bodies, which are PII controllers and/or PII processors processing PII in an ISMS.

An organisation complying with the requirements of the British Standard will generate documentary evidence of how it handles the processing of PII. Such evidence can be used to facilitate agreements with business partners where the processing of PII is mutually relevant.

Dan Palmer, associate director of committees at BSI, said: “Organisations of all sizes have a responsibility to protect the personal data that they collect and encounter. This is a task that’s becoming increasingly challenging given the growing volume of data and the new data privacy legislation. The updated British Standard helps organisations to future-proof PIMS to reflect the realities of the digital world in which we live. It has been developed to help build trust and transparency between organisations by providing a clear and more effective approach to data protection.”

49 counties participated in the development of ISO/IEC 27701:2019, among them UK industry representatives from Google Trust, Microsoft, IBM, CPIN, the Data Protection Forum, the ABCB and IT Governance.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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