New York (March 15, 2004) -- The American Institute of CPAs and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants have developed joint guidance for CPAs on providing privacy advisory and assurance services.

The AICPA/CICA Privacy Framework provides criteria and related material for protecting the privacy of personal information and can be used by CPAs in the United States and chartered accountants in Canada, both in industry and in public practice, to help clients implement privacy programs or to provide independent reviews and attestations on an organization’s privacy practices.

For CPAs in public practice, the framework provides a set of guidelines for offering services to clients including privacy, strategic and business planning, benchmarking, and independent verification. For CPAs in industry, the framework provides a structure for offering privacy-related advisory services and performing internal assessments.

The framework criteria replace the existing Trust Services Online Privacy Principle and Criteria and will become known as the AICPA/CICA Trust Services Privacy Principle and Criteria. The framework is available online at

-- WebCPA staff

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