Personal Identifiable Information or PII

PII or Personal Identifiable Information is any data that can be used to clearly identify an individual.

Some examples that have traditionally been considered personally identifiable information include:

  • Full name
  • Home address
  • Email address
  • NI number
  • Passport number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Credit card numbers
  • Date of birth

If you collect sensitive information about people then you have a duty to use and store this data responsibly.  Under GDPR law, if an organisation that holds data suffers a data breach, they may face a compensation claim.

A data breach is when personal data is:

  • lost
  • destroyed
  • accessed or disclosed in an unauthorized way (whether by accident or deliberately by someone inside or outside the organisation)
  • Storing inaccurate or out-of-date information
  • Holding data longer than necessary
  • Making confidential data public
  • Failing to secure data from hackers or thieves
  • Using data outside its stated purpose

Known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), this regulation outlines provisions and requirements on pertaining and processing of personal data of individuals.

For the best results we recommend GDPR training from a local service provider.

 

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