ISO 27701 - Privacy Management Systems

The standardization can help you manage the personally identifiable information within the organization. This is the new standard that is being adopted by the companies to use for identifying the personal information of any employee or person.


The standard helps you in designing, setting up, managing and improving the Privacy Management System (PIMS). Moreover, this standard provides flexibility to the companies in the creation and running of their PIMS. This ISO 27701 is built on ISO 27001 which is the base and this means; you have to achieve certification in ISO 27001 and also you need to implement ISO 27001 along with the 27701 single projects.


Difference between ISO 27001 and ISO 27701


The ISO 27701 is the standard for compliance with GDPR, just like ISO 27001 is considered to be the gold standard for information security management. This new standard allows organizations to incorporate it with their other privacy laws, regulations and requirements. Moreover, this standard can become an excellent choice for organizations to show their compliance with the accountability principle of GDPR.


How to get certified to ISO 27701


If you have the accredited certification to ISO 27001,  you will find applying the information risk management principles to personal information fairly straightforward. The standard has a requirement that the organization must have certification to ISO 27001 and it should also include privacy management. To ensure that privacy management is incorporated in the organization, a review of contextual analysis, risk assessment and control environment should be done.


The privacy information management system then needs to be documented. Organizations that are less confident in their GDPR compliance will find ISO 27701 particularly helpful as it provides specific recommendations for actions to comply with the regulation.


Steps to get Certification


Your first have to complete a quote request form so that the certification giving authority knows your company and your requirements. You can perform this step either through an online quick quote or through the online formal quote request form.  This information of yours will be used for certification.


Once your proposal is agreed upon, the authority will contact you to book your assessment with the NQA Assessor. This will include an Initial Certification Audit of your company. To make sure it goes well, you have to ensure that your management system has been fully functional for a minimum of three months.


Following a successful two-stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by NQA. You will get both a hard and soft copy of the certification and it is valid for three years. This certification is also maintained through annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.


Who can implement ISO 27701?


It does not matter what kind of organization do you have, ISO 27701 covers all kinds of organizations, such as:


  • Non Profit Organizations
  • Government Entities
  • Public and Private Companies


Benefits of ISO 27701


Almost every company and organization have detailed Personally Identifiable Information about their employees and the customers that come to the. If that information gets leaked, it can become seriously damaging. The ISO 27701 standard will protect your PII. Let’s take a look at how it can avoid the negative outcomes of PII breaches.


  • Fine of up to 20 million Euros.
  • Substantial brand and reputation damage
  • Personal Privacy issues for any compromised individuals.

However, if you get this certification, you can have many positive impacts on your company and on the personal information that you have.


  • Making it easy to prove that you’re serious about information security
  • Speeding up your sales process and opening up new marketplaces
  • Strengthening relationships with existing customers and stakeholders

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