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New BS10012 Toolkit to End Data Protection Compliance Worries

Press Releases - 27th April 2010

Infosecurity Europe 2010, London, 27 April, 2010 – IT Governance, the information security and governance experts, are launching a new toolkit that provides everything an organisation needs to comply with the UK’s Data Protection Act (DPA) by using the BS10012 standard.

BS10012 is the British standard that specifies the requirements for a personal information management system (PIMS). By defining a best practice approach for managing personal information, the standard makes it possible for management and external auditors to assess an organisation’s compliance with, among other things, the requirements of the DPA. BS10012 is intended for use by organisations of all sizes in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

IT Governance’s DPA Compliance with BS10012 Documentation Toolkit includes step-by-step guidance on establishing a BS10012 PIMS and provides a complete set of the necessary documentation, from a Fair Processing Notice through to a procedure for handling Subject Access Requests. The toolkit also shows how to integrate a BS10012 PIMS with an ISO27001 information security management system.

Alan Calder, Chief Executive of IT Governance, says: “The Data Protection Act sets out eight principles for securely managing personal information, but offers no guidance on how these principles should be adhered to. It can therefore be very difficult for management to know if it is doing the right thing, which is worrying when non-compliant organisations can suffer heavy fines and reputational damage.

“BS10012 therefore comes as a welcome relief, as it sets out an approach to DPA compliance that is clear and can be independently tested,” Calder continues. “With the Information Commissioner increasingly keen to punish DPA compliance offenders, there is no time to waste. That is why the DPA Compliance with BS10012 Toolkit contains everything an organisation needs to implement this standard without delay.”

The DPA Compliance with BS10012 Documentation Toolkit is priced at £249.95/US$373.02/€274.90 and may be ordered for immediate download at: