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ISO/IEC 27552 — Information technology — Security techniques — Extension to ISO/IEC 27001 and to ISO/IEC 27002 for privacy information management — Requirements and guidelines [DRAFT]


Although there is substantial overlap between information security and privacy management, both fields are broader. This standard will explain how to ‘enhance’ (adapt and extend) an ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System and the associated ISO/IEC 27002 controls to manage privacy as well as information security.


Scope of the standard

The standard will specify a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS) based on ISO/IEC 27001, 27002 and 29100 (privacy framework). It will apply to both controllers and processors of Personally Identifiable Information (PII).


Content of the standard

In the style of a ‘sector specific’ variant, the ~70 page standard elaborates on the PIMS-related differences to the 27001 and 27002 standards clause-by-clause.

For example:

    “ISO/IEC 27001:2013, 6.1.3.c) is refined as follows:

    The controls determined in 6.1.3 b) of ISO/IEC 27001:2013 shall be compared with those in ISO/IEC 27001:2013, Annex A and/or Annex B of this document to verify that no necessary controls have been omitted.

    When assessing the applicability of control objectives and controls from ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Annex A for the treatment of risks, the control objectives and controls shall be considered in the context of both risks to information security as well as risks related to the processing of PII, including risks to PII principals.”



Currently at DIS stage. Due to be published at the end of 2019.

The possibility of certified compliance with this standard is under discussion.


Personal notes

Someone familiar with ISO27k should have little difficulty applying the information risk management principles to personal information. By elaborating on the requirements, even others ought to be able to have a jolly good stab at it. The standard offers about 80 pages of sage advice.

The title’s combination of ‘requirements’ with ‘guidelines’ may cause consternation in some quarters. Which is it?


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