Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is any information that is maintained about an individual, including (1) any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual‘s identity, such as name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother‘s maiden name, or biometric records; and (2) any other information that is linked or linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial, and employment information.
University policies, contractual obligations, and federal and state laws and regulations require appropriate protection of PII that is not publicly available. PII varies in level of sensitivity, therefore, risks associated with the impact of disclosure or compromise differ. While not a comprehensive list by any means, below are examples of PII and high levels of sensitivity.
- Social Security number
- Driver's license number or California identification card number
- Account number, credit or debit card number, in combination with any required security code, access code, or password that would permit access to an individual’s financial account
- Medical information
- Health insurance information