British Standard 10012:2009 (BS 10012:2009) is a standard enacted by the U.K. government in order to further the privacy of sensitive personal information held by British corporations.
BS 10012:2009 came into effect May 31, 2009, and mandates the implementation of a personal information management system (PIMS) within corporate security programs. Two of the most salient points of the standard are that corporations should commit not to take or use customer data unless absolutely necessary, and to inform customers exactly how and under what circumstances their information will be used.
The standard provides guidelines for how to create a PIMS as a framework for enacting data privacy and protection, not strict technical regulations. In this way, the standard functions more like COBIT than the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
The standard is intended to help companies comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 by giving guidelines for areas such as employee security awareness training, risk assessments, data retention and disposal and others.