Is there a difference between personal information and sensitive personal information?


Yes. While personal information refers to information that makes you readily identifiable, sensitive personal information, as defined in Sec. 3(l) of the Data Privacy Act, refers to personal information:

(1) About an individual’s race, ethnic origin, marital status, age, color, and religious, philosophical or political affiliations;

(2) About an individual’s health, education, genetic or sexual life of a person, or to any proceeding for any offense committed or alleged to have been committed by such person, the disposal of such proceedings, or the sentence of any court in such proceedings;

(3) Issued by government agencies peculiar to an individual which includes, but not limited to, social security numbers, previous or cm-rent health records, licenses or its denials, suspension or revocation, and tax returns; and

(4) Specifically established by an executive order or an act of Congress to be kept classified.

Therefore, any information that can be categorized under any of the enumerated items are considered sensitive personal information.