What is PII?
Posted by Joseph Meslovich on 05 September 2014 01:09 PM

The acronym PII stands for Personally Identifiable Information.  As defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, PII is "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."

This kind of information is protected by various international, federal, state, and local laws and by institutional policies. It is the responsibility of all Bridgewater College employees to safe guard this information at all times. Many individuals may come in contact with PII information even if you do not have direct access to that information yourself. Someone may have included you on an email that had a report attached with PII information in it. PII information may be on a network share that you have access to, etc.

The IT Center is implementing tools such as Identity Finder to assist you and the college as a whole with identifying PII that you may have stored electronically on campus.  With knowledge of where this kind of information is stored we all can then take steps to remove unwanted/unused PII information and secure needed PII information.

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