Defining Information

Personal information is any recorded information that can identify an individual other than contact information.


Examples of personal information:

  • race, national/ethnic origin
  • age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status
  • fingerprints, blood type, DNA information
  • Social Insurance Number
  • health care, educational, financial, criminal,
    employment history
  • religious or political beliefs or associations

Student personal information Examples of student personal information include the student’s name, address, telephone number, Personal Education Number (PEN), behavioural or intelligence assessments and results, and educational records.


Work contact information such as job title, telephone number, address, fax number, or e-mail is not considered personal information as long as it is to enable an individual at a place of work to be contacted.

Sensitive information is information that has the ability to cause harm to an individual or an organization should it be accidently shared. In terms of schools and school districts, this could include school budgets, employee/student medical records, student report cards, and child custody orders.


Now complete the quiz on the following page to see if you can make a distinction between personal and public information.

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