A-Z Glossary of Information Security and Social Engineering Terms

Personal data

Personal data

According to Article 4 of the GDPR, personal data is “any information related to an identified or identifiable natural person”. While PII covers very specific identifiers, such as vehicle registration numbers, social security numbers etc., personal data covers a much wider spectrum of data that can be used to identify someone on its own or in conjunction with other data. For example, this might include identification of someone based on their IP address or social media posts.

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