‘Privacy’ is a term that is being increasingly used in life – but its meaning is not well understood. Wikipedia1 describes it as “the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves, or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively”.

This guide to ISO/IEC 27701 focuses on the ‘information’ aspects of privacy. Hence, a privacy information management system (PIMS) deals with the processing of personal information – typically by organisations that an individual deals with.

How you and the organisations that you deal with look after your personal information and allow others to use it without adversely affecting your privacy is a matter for concern. Some examples ...

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