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Consumer Protection, Privacy by Design: ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposal for New ISO Technical Committee


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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), encourages stakeholders to comment by November 17 on a new proposal to establish an ISO technical committee to address privacy by design of consumer products from a consumer perspective.

Privacy and security are among the priorities and concerns of consumers around the world. The proposal references Pew Research that reveals themes regarding the future of trust in online interactions. Its research from 2020 found that more than half of Americans have decided not to use a product due to privacy concerns. Furthermore, the research revealed that 80% of Americans feel that they lack control over their technology products and are concerned about data collection and how that data is used.

ISO Project Committee 317, Consumer protection – Privacy by design, submitted the proposal to expand its work program and convert its project committee into a new ISO technical committee, with the following scope statement: “Standardization of consumer protection in the field of privacy by design for products, including goods, services, and data lifecycles enabled by such products.”

The proposal describes a number of ISO and ISO/IEC documents and standards available that address certain parts and aspects of the work that the committee would potentially undertake.

Read the proposal and submit comments to Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy and strategy, [email protected], by close of business on November 17, 2023. Based on input received from U.S. stakeholders, a recommended ANSI position and any comments will be developed and presented at the ANSI ISO Committee (AIC) for approval before ISO's voting deadline of December 22, 2023.


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

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