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Data protection standard revised for PIMS

11 May 2017

An update to BS 10012:2017 Data protection - specification for a personal information management system has been announced by BSI.

This outlines the requirements for organisations to adopt personal information management systems (PIMS) to provide a framework for maintaining and improving compliance with data protection requirements.

It is also designed to deliver guidance for internal and external assessors examining compliance with data protection requirements.

BSI said the revised standard is suitable for organisations in all sectors, regardless of size.

Updates include a new definition of personal and sensitive data, restrictions on profiling use of personal data and new administrative requirements for data privacy officers.

Stricter requirements for consent for processing are also included, as are requirements for data written under a pseudonym.

The revised standard also takes changes in law covering data processors into account.

Those implementing BS 10012 will see adoption of appropriate information governance strategies, said BSI.

This will include a set of multi-disciplinary structures, policies, procedures and processes to manage information, while supporting each organisation's immediate and future regulatory, legal, risk, environmental and operational requirements, according to BSI.

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