Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is a legal term pertaining to information security environments. While PII has several formal definitions, generally speaking, it is information that can be used by organizations on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Non-sensitive PII can be transmitted in unsecure form without causing harm to an individual.What information is considered PII?
NIST Special Publication 800-122 defines PII as "any information about an individual maintained by an agency, 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 ...What are examples of PII?
Examples of PII include, but are not limited to: Name: full name, maiden name, mother’s maiden name or alias Personal identification numbers: social security number (SSN), passport number, driver’s license number, taxpayer identification number, patient identification number, financial account number or credit card numberIs PII protected by HIPAA?
The HIPAA Privacy Rule was constructed with a set of national standards to ensure that a patient's privacy and health information are continuously protected. Under this rule, HIPAA-covered entities are required to protect a patient's personally identifiable information (PII) as protected health information (PHI) while providing a positive patient experience.