What is Personal Information?

Personal Information means recorded information about an identifiable individual, including, but not limited to:

  • name, address, telephone, email (personal but not business);
  • race, ethnic origin, or religious political beliefs or associations;
  • age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or family status;
  • any identifying number or symbol (examples: ID Card, SIN, credit card, health insurance, drivers’ license);
  • fingerprints, blood type, or inheritable characteristics;
  • medical or personal history;
  • educational, employment, financial, or criminal history;
  • personal views or opinions.

What is Information Security

Information Security is the protection of information and systems from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification or disruption. The three properties of information security that we strive to protect are:

  • Confidentiality. Refers to the protection of information from unauthorized access or disclosure. Ensuring confidentiality is ensuring that those who are authorized to access information are able to do so and those who are not authorized and are prevented from doing so.
  • Integrity. Refers to ensuring that data is not modified or corrupted. Ensuring integrity is ensuring that the information and information systems are accurate, complete and uncorrupted.
  • Availability. Refers to the prevention of disruption to access to an information asset, system, service.Ensuring availability is ensuring timely reliable access to and use of information and information systems.