Personal data

Personal data is a term used in European data privacy legislation. It means information using which you will be able to identify a specific person.

Examples of personal data include:

  • Full name
  • Home address
  • Email address
  • Social security number
  • Passport number

Personal Data is considered to be the European equivalent of PII (personally identifiable data); however, its scope is a bit broader. The new EU data privacy law – General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) defines Personal data as the following:

Article 4(1):‘personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;

What Is PII, non-PII, and Personal Data? [UPDATE]