sensitive data [English]

Language Notes

General used in European Commission documentation.

Syndetic Relationships

InterPARES Definition

n. ~ A special class of personal information that relates to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership; health or sex life; or offenses, criminal convictions, or security measures.

General Notes

Defined in "On the Protection of Individuals with Regard to the Processing of Personal Data and on the Free Movement of Such Data," Sec. III, Art. 8 (1) (EU Council Directive 1995/46/EC, 1995).


  • CNSS-4009 (†730 p.68): sensitive information - Information, the loss, misuse, or unauthorized access to or modification of, that could adversely affect the national interest or the conduct of federal programs, or the privacy to which individuals are entitled under 5 U.S.C. Section 552a (the Privacy Act), but that has not been specifically authorized under criteria established by an Executive Order or an Act of Congress to be kept classified in the interest of national defense or foreign policy. (Systems that are not national security systems, but contain sensitive information, are to be protected in accordance with the requirements of the Computer Security Act of 1987 (P.L.100-235).). (†1751)