Classes of Data


We divide data into three classes:
Restricted: Data that should be given the highest level of protection.
Example: W2, health record, financial information student ID number Private: The default state for data. This data would be risky if it was shared or handled improperly.
Example: Test/quiz, unpublished research, any information without a specific classification applied Pubic: Public information that can be freely shared.
Example: Press release, public contact information, published research data

Common types of data

Acronym Definition Example
PII Personally Identifiable Information Name and phone number, Address and date of birth
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy act Grades, class list, financial data
PCI Payment Card Industry Credit card number
HIPPA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Any health information