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Two new standards published for Citizens’ Physical and Digital Security

Two new standards published for Citizens’ Physical and Digital Security

Two new standards published for Citizens’ Physical and Digital Security

New standards are published day by day to keep us safer in both virtual and physical spaces.

ISO/IEC TS 27570:2021 Privacy protection — Privacy guidelines for smart cities published in the past months are one of them.

As cities continue to grow, we live closer and our effort to seek the benefits of increased human density and increased social and economic opportunities brings new challenges as we become more physically and digitally connected.

Both physical and digital personal security is a top priority for COPOLCO, ISO’s consumer policy group. Dedicated to making use of standards for consumer protection, this committee exists to ensure that consumers have a say in international standardization. It organizes consumer-oriented educational events and raises awareness of standards that will make a real difference in the way we live and the products we consume. It also proposes new projects and policies from the consumer perspective.

Recently two standards published are examples of how the work of the ISO reflects the interests and priorities of consumers. The first will help make cities safer by taking full account of the environmental and design aspects associated with modern and smart cities and protect our online privacy as we move between networks and devices (ISO/IEC TS 27570). The other will help consumers make informed choices about purchasing goods and services over the Internet.

Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, mobile networks and artificial intelligence are just some of the tool’s cities use to increase productivity and improve the quality of life of their citizens, but they also expose us to risks and vulnerabilities related to personal privacy and security. Solutions and standards abound, but when systems and interconnections are as complex as many stakeholders it is not always easy to find the truth. Published ISO/IEC TS 27570, Privacy protection – Provides advice and guidance on privacy rules, privacy management, and the use of supportive standards for smart cities. These recommendations apply to organizations and stakeholders interested in the delivery, utilization or availability of the service in a smart city ecosystem where many technologies, systems and stakeholders interact in complex ways.

It takes a citizen-centred perspective as well as a multi-agency perspective and provides guidance on how privacy standards can be used for the benefit of citizens at the global and corporate level.

Moreover, it will pave the way for future privacy standards for smart cities, including communication, privacy management plans and policymaking, as well as permission management.

ISO/IEC TS 27570 applies to organizations of all types and sizes, including public and private companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations that provide services in smart city environments.

Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) is an urban planning approach to designing habitats to deter abuses and reduce fear among residents. It aims to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in communities. Such concepts have existed since the 1970s and have been used with great success in numerous crime prevention strategies around the world.

The guide published by ISO on this subject; ISO 22341 Security and resilience — Protective Security — Guidelines for crime prevention through environmental design. Environmental Design addresses the principles, elements, strategies and process – including certain types of terrorist attacks – and the fear of crime to reduce crime in new or existing urban environments.

Visit ISO website to know more (Link I, II) or get in touch with our expert auditors by sending us an e-mail!


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018. This regulation will replace the EU Data Protection Directive.

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