Personal identifier

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Personal Identifiers, also known as PID, are a subset of personally identifiable information (PII) data elements, which 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 used in any of these ways:

  1. Alone
  2. Combined with a person’s name
  3. Combined with other PID data elements
  4. Combined with other PII

Examples of PID[edit]

These examples are provided only as guidance. Other PIDs may be 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 or 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]