Personal information

What is your personal information?

Your personal information relates to you personally. You don't have to be named in the information. It's only necessary that your identity can reasonably be worked out from the information.

Personal information is found not just in paper files, but also in such things as electronic records, video recordings, fingerprints and photographs.

Health personal information is information or an opinion about your physical or mental health or disability. It includes information about health services relating to you. 

OEH protects your personal information according to the information protection rules of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and the health privacy principles of the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002.

What is not personal information

Information is not protected by the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 if, for example, it:

  • can be found in a publicly available publication (such as a newspaper or book)
  • is in a public register
  • relates to someone's suitability for public sector employment (for example, resumes and information obtained from referees)
  • is about people who have been dead for more than 30 years
  • relates to some types of law enforcement and investigation activities
  • is allowed to be disclosed under another piece of legislation.

Page last updated: 27 June 2011