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Personal Data - definitions

Personal data : Data that is of interest to only one organisation component of an enterprise, (e.g., task schedule for a department project). Contrasted with Enterprise data.

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Source: Larry English, External , 05-Feb-2009 10:39

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Personal data - According to Article 2 (a) of Regulation (EC) No 45/2001: "Any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person, referred to as "data subject" - an identifiable person is someone who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identification number or to one or more factors specific to his or her physical, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity".

The name and the social security number are two examples of personal data which relate directly to a person. But the definition also extends further and also encompasses for instance e-mail addresses and the office phone number of an employee. Other examples of personal data can be found in information on physical disabilities, in medical records and in an employee's evaluation.

Personal data which is processed in relation to the work of the data subject remain personal/individual in the sense that they continue to be protected by the relevant data protection legislation, which strives to protect the privacy and integrity of natural persons. As a consequence, data protection legislation does not address the situation of legal persons (apart from the exceptional cases where information on a legal person also relates to a physical person).

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European Data Protection Supervisor, 30 July 2011 08:39:25, External

Personal data - Personal data means information about a living individual who can be identified from that information and other information which is in, or likely to come into, the data controller's possession.

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Information Commissioner's Office, 04 August 2011 09:11:10, External    

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