Know your personal data

Know your personal data

Do you know your personal data from your non-personal data? This might seem like a silly question, but personal data has a specific definition.

In short, it is: Information about a living individual, which allows you to identify who they are either from that information alone or that plus other available information.

We’ve added new guidance to our Data Protection pages on Staffnet to help you determine whether or not you are dealing with personal data.

Staff who have cause to use sensitive information – such as health details or information about people’s ethnicity, religion or political affiliation – should also review the section on Special Category Data. This is a subset of personal data, capturing more sensitive information, and there are different requirements on how it is handled.

If you have any questions about personal data, please contact the Information Governance Team at


Author: Information Governance Team