Personal data for GDPR

Personal data are all data of an identifiable natural person. This involves information that is either directly about someone or can be traced back to a person.

Personal data

Consider, for example, ordinary personal data

  • Name
  • Address
  • Postal code + city
  • Residence
  • Phone numbers
  • E-mail addresses
  • Date of birth

But also data with which a person can be traced:

  • IP addresses
  • MAC addresses
  • Cookies

Special categories of personal data

The GDPR mentiones special categories of personal data (Art. 9):

  • racial or ethnic origin,
  • political opinions,
  • religious or philosophical beliefs
  • trade union membership,
  • genetic data,
  • biometric data,
  • data concerning health or
  • a natural person's sex life or
  • sexual orientation.