Security Industry Association Revises Privacy Framework for Security Companies

Security Industry Association (SIA)

SIA Privacy Framework provides guidance to companies seeking to ensure they have adequate policies to protect personally identifiable information.

Silver Spring, Md. — The Security Industry Association (SIA) today announced the release of the new SIA Privacy Framework to assist security companies with the development of privacy policies. SIA has updated its framework, first released in 2010, to address evolving technologies and practices.

“The SIA Privacy Framework serves as a guide for security companies in establishing privacy policies specific to their retention of personally identifiable information and other sensitive data. It illustrates the proactive steps the security industry is already taking in many cases to protect privacy,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson.

The SIA Privacy Framework is available on the SIA website.

SIA has a long history of building support for commonsense privacy practices among industry, government and public interest communities, demonstrating that privacy protections are not at odds with the use of electronic physical security technology.

In 2000, SIA, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriffs’ Association adopted the “CCTV for Public Safety and Community Policing Guideline.” The guideline serves as a “how to” document for law enforcement and private sector entities seeking to implement a CCTV for Public Safety program.

Originally released in 2010 and updated in 2014, the SIA Privacy Framework builds on this work by broadly outlining a core set of principles and best practices for privacy protections the industry is working to implement in the deployment of electronic physical security technologies.

The SIA Privacy Framework has three purposes:

  • to serve as a guide for manufacturers, integrators, and distributors of electronic physical security technologies;
  • to inform policymakers about how the security industry protects privacy when collecting, securing and storing personally identifiable information; and
  • to help educate end users on the implementation of privacy protections.

The SIA Privacy Framework provides guidance to manufacturers, integrators and distributors of electronic physical security technologies including but not limited to access control devices, biometrics, CCTV, video analysis, IP-based technology and radio frequency identification.

About the Security Industry Association (SIA)

The Security Industry Association (SIA) ( is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, with more than 450 innovative member companies representing more than 300,000 security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground® conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.