What is Personal Data exactly?

Any data that can be used to identify a living person directly or indirectly is classed as personal data

For example:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Social security number
  • Location data
  • IP address
  • CCTV footage

What is Sensitive Personal Data ?

Sensitive personal data is a special category of personal  data that has to be carefully handled. It includes factors such as:

  • Race
  • Health Details
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religious beliefs
  • Political beliefs
  • Membership of a trade union

Criminal records while not quite classed as special category data also needs to  be carefully handled.