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What are the dangers of PII

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PII, or Personally Identifiable Information, is information that is highly personal or sensitive in nature, or that can be used to commit identity theft or other forms of fraud. A security breach involving this sensitive information can lead to any or all of the following:

  • The real possibility that thieves would use the breach to commit identity theft
  • Personal harm to a person whose private information was revealed to people who weren't supposed to see it
  • Financial harm to a person whose financial information was exposed
  • Legal obligation to send thousands of letters to people notifying them that their PII was or may have been compromised
  • Ugly headlines naming Penn, and possibly even the person who was responsible for the breach in security