Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

Definition: As defined in FERPA, PII includes, but is not limited to:

  1. a student’s name;
  2. the name of the student’s parent or other family members;
  3. the address of the student or student’s family;
  4. a personal identifier, such as the student’s Social Security Number, student number, or biometric record;
  5. other indirect identifiers, such as the student’s date of birth, place of birth, and mother’s maiden name;
  6. other information that, alone or in combination, is linked or linkable to a specific student that would allow a reasonable person in the school community, who does not have personal knowledge of the relevant circumstances, to identify the student with reasonable certainty; and
  7. information requested by a person who the educational agency or institution reasonably believes knows the identity of the student to whom the education record relates.

Source: Taken from Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), http://ptac.ed.gov/glossary/personally-identifiable-information-pii

DaSy Framework Component: Data Governance and Management