About the certification

Privacy by design is an approach that takes into account the privacy of a consumer throughout the design and development of the product, considering the entire product lifecycle - from before it is placed on the market, through purchase and use by consumers, to the final end of life phase when all instances of that product finally stop being used.

The term “Privacy by Design” was originally used by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. The framework consists of “7 foundational principles” that emphasize the need to be proactive in considering privacy requirements at the design phase (or earlier) throughout the entire PII lifecycle.

The ISO 31700 establishes high-level requirements for privacy by design to protect privacy throughout the lifecycle of a consumer product, including data processed by the consumer.
The Privacy by Design Foundation (ISO 31700) is a certification intended for IT professionals seeking to validate their knowledge of Privacy by Design in accordance with the international standard ISO 31700.

The Privacy by Design Foundation (ISO 31700) certification exam is an online, closed-book, and remotely-proctored exam. It includes 40 questions and the passing score is 70%. You will have 60 minutes to complete the exam. Validate your knowledge of the ISO 31700 and advance your career in Privacy. Register for your online exam now!

Compliance Management Foundation (ISO 37301)

Exam details

Exam code


Launch date

February 8, 2023

Exam description

The Privacy by Design Foundation (ISO 31700) exam tests the candidate knowledge of Privacy by Design in accordance with the ISO 31700.

Current version


Exam format

Multiple choice and True/False; computer-based; closed book

Number of questions

40 questions

Passing score

70% (28 out of 40)

Exam duration

60 minutes





Exam description

This exam includes topics such as Terms and defitions, Scope of the ISO 31700, Privacy Controls, Consumer Communication Requirements, Risk Management Requirements, and the 7 Foundational Principles of Privacy by Design (Proactive not Reactive, Privacy as the Default Setting, Privacy Embedded into Design, Full Functionality, End-to-End Security, Visibility and Transparency, and Respect for User Privacy).


16 hours

Bloom's Taxonomy

Level 1 (Remembering), Level 2 (Understanding) and Level 3 (Applying)

Recommended reading

• ISO 31700(en) Consumer protection - Privacy by design for consumer goods and services.


There are no prerequisites for this certification

Recommended experience

Six months of work experience in Privacy and Data Protection

Validity period


Exam Content Outline

   Domains Weight

1. Scope of the ISO 31700


2. Terms and definitions


3. The 7 Foundational Principles of Privacy by Design


4. Consumer communication requirements


5. Risk management requirements


6. Develop, deploy and operate designed privacy controls




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