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Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is a legal term pertaining to information security environments. While PII has several formal definitions, generally speaking, it is information that can be used by organizations on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Non-sensitive PII can be transmitted in unsecure form without causing harm to an individual.What is required of PII?
The definition of PII is not anchored to any single category of information or technology. Rather, it requires a case-by-case assessment of the specific risk that an individual can be identified.Is PII protected by HIPAA?
The HIPAA Privacy Rule was constructed with a set of national standards to ensure that a patient's privacy and health information are continuously protected. Under this rule, HIPAA-covered entities are required to protect a patient's personally identifiable information (PII) as protected health information (PHI) while providing a positive patient experience.