Personal identifier

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Personal Identifiers also known as PID are a subset of personally identifiable information (PII) data elements that identify a unique individual and can permit another person to “assume” that individual’s identity without their knowledge or consent.

This can occur when PID data elements are use:

  1. alone
  2. combined with a person’s name,
  3. combined with other PID data elements OR
  4. combined with other PII

Examples of PID[edit]

Examples provided only as guidance, there may be others used in your location and they may vary by country or region.

Privately issued ID credentials[edit]

  • Benefit plan participation number
  • Private health care authorization, access, or identification number

Transactional financial account numbers[edit]

  • Bank account number
  • Credit/debit card account number
  • Personal identification number (PIN)

Biometric identifiers[edit]

Health or medical information[edit]

  • National Health certificate number

Electronic identification credentials[edit]

Full Date of Birth[edit]

  • Month, day and year


European-defined sensitive data[edit]

Treated as PID globally, not just for citizens of the EU

  • Racial or ethnic origin
  • Political opinions
  • Religious or philosophical beliefs
  • Trade-union membership
  • Health or sex life
  • Offenses, criminal convictions, or security measures
  • Proceedings from crimes or offenses

See also[edit]