Information security is a primary concern of information technology department of all organizations and entities. Similarly, common people are also now becoming familiar with information security. In this post types of information, especially types of personal information are introduced in a question-and-answer format.
What is personal information?
Any attribute that is associated with you the person and that identifies you is your personal information. For examples, your given name and you family name are personal information.
Many people have my given name. How can it be personal?
Personal does not mean unique. Your given name is just one of the many personal information attributes to identify you. For example, many people have given name Mike and driver’s licenses of all Mikes bear their names, but deriver’s license has more information. When all those information attributes are linked together, each Mike’s identity on the driver’s license will be unique. Moreover, assigned number is unique.
Okay, what if Mike change his name to Tom?
Good question. Personal information can be divided into two categories, static and dynamic. Given name falls into the dynamic category of personal information. So, given name may change dynamically with time and intention.
What is static personal information?
Personal information that cannot change with time fall into the static category of personal information. For example, date of birth, parents, and place of birth, etc.
Is my family or last name static personal information?
Yes and no. The family name or last name is usually inherited. But, when a girl get married her family name may be changed to her husbands family name. Also, if a child is adopted, her/his family name may be changed to the adopted family’s family name.