Personal data reveal information about an identified or identifiable natural person (called the "data subject" in the Privacy Act). In other words, personal data are all data allowing for the identification of an individual.
Personal data include an individual's name, a picture, a phone number, even a professional phone number, a code, a bank account number, an e-mail address, a fingerprint, …
They do not only include data having to do with individuals' privacy, but also data having to do with an individual's professional or public life.
Only data about a natural (physical) person are taken into account, excluding data about a legal person or an association (civil or commercial corporations or non-profit organisations).
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