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Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

Doctor Syntax Silver badge

"You can spot the Americans because they refer to personal data as PII"

From that well-known American site ico.gov.uk and its definition of personal data within the meaning of the forthcoming DPA:

"Personal data means data which relate to a living individual who can be identified"

PID would be a handy abbreviation. Unfortunately, that TLA has long established usage elsewhere so let's substitute Information for Data. PII it is, whichever side of the pond you're on.

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