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COV ITRM Glossary


Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (SPII)


Personally Identifiable Information which if lost, compromised, or disclosed without authorization, could result in substantial harm, embarrassment, inconvenience, or unfairness to an individual.

SPII requires stricter handling guidelines because of the increased risk to an individual if the data is inappropriately accessed or compromised. Some categories of PII are sensitive as stand-alone data elements, including your Social Security number (SSN) and driver’s license or state identification number. Other data elements such as citizenship or immigration status, medical information, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, or lifestyle information, in conjunction with the identity of an individual (directly or indirectly inferred), are also SPII.


DHS Handbook for Safeguarding Sensitive PII

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Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

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