In January, it was reported that on February 8, 2023, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will adopt Privacy by Design (PbD) as ISO 31700.

PbD was introduced 14 years ago by Ann Cavoukian, a Canadian privacy commissioner, and this will now become an international privacy standard for the protection of consumer products and services.

PbD is a set of principles that calls for privacy to be taken into account throughout an organization’s data management process. Since its introduction, it has been adopted by the International Assembly of Privacy Commissioners and Data Protection Authorities and was incorporated into the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Cavoukian has been quoted as saying “the ISO standard is designed to be utilized by a whole range of companies – startups, multinational enterprises, and organizations of all sizes. With any product, you can make this standard work because it’s easy to adopt. We’re hoping privacy will be pro-actively embedded in the design of [an organization’s] operations and it will complement data protection laws.”

The proposed introduction notes that PbD refers to several methodologies for product, process, system, software and service development. The proposed bibliography that comes with the document refers to other standards with more detailed requirements on identifying personal information, access controls, consumer consent, and corporate governance amongst other topics. A separate document will outline possible use cases as well.

Adopting privacy can be regarded as a competitive advantage for businesses and by implementing PbD principles, both privacy and business interests are addressed resulting in a ‘win-win’ situation.

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