What is Personally Identifiable Information (PII)?

Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is any information that can be used to identify, contact, or locate an individual, either alone or combined with other easily accessible sources. It includes information that is linked or linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial and employment information.

Furthermore, Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is information, which:

  •  directly identifies an individual (e.g., name, address, social security number or other identifying number or code, telephone number, email address, etc.) or
  •  indirectly identifies an individual (These data elements may include a combination of gender, race, birth date, geographic indicator, and other descriptors).
  • permits the physical or online contact of a specific individual.

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