18a Do you understand what personal information is?

"Personal Information" qualifies as any detail about a living individual that can be used on its own, or with other data, to identify them. This includes employees. 

Examples of personal data

From employee information to suppliers and customers, it is highly likely your company deals with personal information in the form of;

  • a name and surname;
  • a home address;
  • an email address such as name.surname@company.com;
  • an identification card number;
  • location data (for example the location data function on a mobile phone)*;
  • an Internet Protocol (IP) address;
  • a cookie ID*;
  • the advertising identifier of your phone;
  • data held by a hospital or doctor, which could be a symbol that uniquely identifies a person.   

*Note that in some cases, there is specific sectoral legislation regulating, for instance, the use of location data or the use of cookies  

Examples of information that are not considered personal information:

  • a company registration number;
  • an email address such as info@company.com;
  • anonymised data.