ISO/IEC 27701 is a data privacy extension to ISO/IEC 27001. This newly published information security standard provides guidance for organizations looking to put in place systems to support compliance with GDPR and other data privacy requirements. ISO/IEC 27701, also abbreviated as PIMS (Privacy Information Management System) outlines a framework for Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Controllers and PII Processors to manage data privacy. Privacy information management systems are sometimes referred to as personal information management systems.
This reduces risk to the privacy rights of individuals and to the organization by enhancing an existing Information Security Management System.
This standard is a great way of demonstrating to customers, external stakeholders and internal stakeholders that effective systems are in place to support compliance to GDPR and other related privacy legislation.
Organizations looking to get certified to ISO/IEC 27701 in order to comply with GDPR will either need to have an existing ISO/IEC 27001 certification or implement ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27701 together as a single implementation audit. ISO/IEC 27701 is a natural expansion to the requirements and guidance set out in ISO/IEC 27001.
The ISO 27001 standard provides a framework for an Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) that enables the continued confidentiality, integrity and availability of information as well as legal compliance. More than 60,000 organizations worldwide have certified to date to ISO/IEC 27001, proving certification to be an essential part of protecting your most vital assets.
The significant overlap in system and technical requirements between a privacy information management system and an information security system presents a compelling case to adopt ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27701. This is supported by the international recognition of an ISO standard.