Protecting Personally Identifiable Information

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Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is defined as any information that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual regardless of whether the individual is a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, visitor to the U.S.

Not all PII is sensitive, e.g. PII on a business card. Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (Sensitive PII) includes such information such as a Social Security number or alien number (A-number), and requires stricter handling guidelines because of the increased risk to an individual if compromised. The table below helps to better determine what Sensitive PII is:

What is Personally Identifiable Information