Personally Identifiable Information

Personally identifiable information (PII) - information that can be used on its own or with linked information to identify a person. The Office of Management and Budget defines it as the "information about a person that contains some unique identifier, including but not limited to name or Social Security Number, from which the identity of the person can be determined." - Office of Management and Budget (OMB Memorandum M-07-16).

Minnesota Statute

An individual's first name or first initial and last name in combination with any one or more of the following data elements...:

  • Social Security number;
  • driver's license number or Minnesota identification card number; or
  • account number or 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. 325E.61

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

NIST 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 linked or linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial, and employment information." Pub800-122