Why every business should consider ISO 27701 compliance for their vendors

Why every business should consider ISO 27701 compliance for their vendors

Maintaining privacy and protecting personal information of the customers and the employees is important for all organizations. Privacy management should go beyond mere regulatory requirements since it not only impacts an organization's reputation but can lead to financial losses due to loss of revenue and litigation.


What is ISO 27701?


ISO/IEC 27701:2019 is a data privacy extension to ISO 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 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.


Who should use ISO/IEC 27701?


ISO/IEC 27701 is applicable to all types and sizes of organizations, including public and private companies, government entities and not-for-profit organizations. It provides guidance for organizations who are responsible for PII processing within an information security management system (ISMS), specifically PII controllers (including those who are joint PII controllers) and PII processors. ISO 27701 has been designed to be used by all data controllers and data processors. Like ISO 27001, it advocates a risk-based approach so that each conforming organization addresses the specific risks it faces, as well as the risks to personal data and privacy.


Benefits of ISO/IEC 27701


  • Builds trust in managing personal information.

  • Provides transparency between stakeholders.

  • Facilitates effective business agreements.

  • Clarifies roles and responsibilities.

  • Supports compliance with privacy regulations.

  • Reduces complexity by integrating with the leading information security standard ISO/IEC 27001.​

Why was ISO 27701 developed?


Both the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and UK DPA (Data Protection Act) 2018 require organizations to take measures to ensure the privacy of any personal data that they process. However, neither regulation provides much guidance on what those measures should look like. The ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) and the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) have therefore developed this new standard to provide that guidance.


​How do ISO 27001 and ISO 27701 integrate with each other?


ISO 27001 sets out the requirements for an ISMS (information security management system), a risk-based approach that encompasses people, processes and technology. Independently accredited certification to ISO 27001 provides stakeholders with assurance that data is being appropriately secured. Organizations that have implemented ISO 27001 will be able to use ISO 27701 to extend their security efforts to cover privacy management – including their processing of personal data/PII (personally identifiable information) – which can help them demonstrate that reasonable measures have been taken to comply with data protection laws such as the GDPR. Organizations without an ISMS can implement ISO 27001 and ISO 27701 together as a single implementation project.


Is ISO 27701 certification right for me?


This standard is essential for organizations worldwide that are responsible for Personally Identifiable Information (PII). It provides a framework on how to manage and process data and safeguard privacy. ISO 22701 enhances an already implemented information security management system to address privacy requirements and put in place the systems and infrastructure to support compliance to legislation including GDPR.


How to get certified to ISO 27701


If you already have accredited certification to ISO 27001 you will find applying the information risk management principals to personal information fairly straightforward. The standards require that organizations with certification to ISO 27001 must include privacy management, this means reviewing the organization’s contextual analysis, risk assessment, and control environment to ensure that privacy management is incorporated. 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. We can assess your compliance with ISO 27701 as an addition to your ISO 27001 assessment. We will ensure our approach follows the same method as the standard – looking at one system supporting information security and personal information management.


ISO 27701 Consultation in Jordan


If you are looking for ISO 27701 consultation in Jordan, you are at the right place! AAC MENA is one of the best providers to obtain the ISO 27701 certificate for your industry in Jordan at an affordable price. AAC MENA is known for ensuring customer satisfaction and business improvement.




As a leader in consultation services, AAC MENA offers unrivaled experience and expertise in ISO 27701 requirements. Our presence in the Middle East and harmonized approach give you access to the largest independent network of consultants and advisory services in the region.


To discuss your ISO 27701 requirements, contact us today. 

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