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BSI focuses on future-proofing privacy information management

by Brian Sims

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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