Defining Personal Information

Privacy Training - Defining Personal Information

Defining Personal Information

Personal information is sometimes referred to as personally identifiable information (PII) or as personal data (the term used in the EU).  Defining what personal information is — and being able to identify it — is essential for privacy awareness training because privacy laws and regulations are triggered if personal information is involved.   Personal information can be a tricky concept because it is sometimes contingent and contextual.

This PII training course (~ 8.5 minutes) is an overview of how to identify personal information. It explains clearly and understandably what personal information is and how to approach identifying it.   The course has 4 quiz questions.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what personally identifiable information is and how to identify it
  • Learn about how combining various pieces of non-identified data can link the data to individuals

Here is a course outline:

Privacy Training1. Introduction

2. What Is Personal Information

A. Information Associated with Other Personal Information

B. Information Combinations that Identify Individuals

3. Non-Personal Information

4. How Should You Identify Personal Information?

5. Sensitive Personal Information

6. Why Do You Need to Be Able to Identify Personal Information?

7. Know Your Data

This privacy training module can stand-alone or can be snapped together with other related courses such as The Importance of Protecting Personal Data, which discusses reasons why an organization needs to be concerned about privacy and protecting personal information.

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