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Consumer Protection and Privacy by Design for Consumer Products: ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed ISO Technical Committee


Submit Feedback by Friday, July 28, 2023

As the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ANSI requests stakeholder feedback by Friday, July 28, 2023, on a draft proposal to convert the existing ISO project committee (PC) 317, Consumer protection: privacy by design for consumer goods and services, into an ISO technical committee.

Submitted by the British Standards Institution (BSI), the proposal underscores justifications to establish a technical committee that addresses privacy by design of consumer products from a consumer perspective. To achieve this goal, the proposal asserts, the work on high-level requirements for privacy by design in ISO 31700-1 need to be supported by additional standardization projects, addressing the maintenance, assessment, and more detailed implementation of privacy by design. The proposal also notes that members of ISO PC 317 have commenced significant work to address the consumer issues in this space, and in commencing such work, acknowledge that there is much more to be done.

“Two of the top priorities for ISO for 2030 are to innovate to meet the needs of consumers and to deliver ISO standards when the market needs them. Given the global nature of today’s products, there is no question that consumers and organizations (i.e., “the market”) need a privacy standard created via international consensus that can apply to products created anywhere, for consumers that may live anywhere,” according to the proposal. “Likewise, the priorities and concerns of consumers around the world are increasingly focused upon how privacy, security, and practical product features embody trust in a product.”

The proposal scope statement reads:

“Standardization of consumer protection in the field of privacy by design for products, including goods, services, and data lifecycles enabled by such products.”

Read the proposal and submit comments to Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy and strategy, [email protected], by close of business on Friday, July 28, 2023. Based on input received from U.S. stakeholders, ANSI’s ISO Technical Management Board representative will produce a set of comments for submittal in this informal review.

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