Frequently Asked Questions

What is Personal Information?

Personal information (PI) = recorded information about an identifiable individual, and includes

  • Ethnic origin, race, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, etc.
  • Information regarding educational, financial, employment, medical, psychiatric, psychological or criminal history
  • Identifying numbers, e.g., S.I.N
  • Home address, home telephone number
  • Personal opinions of, or about, an individual (Ex. Letters of reference)
  • Correspondence sent to the institution by an individual that is of a private or confidential nature
  • The individual’s name where it appears with or reveals other personal information