Privacy Law and Policy Reporter
(From http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/WD-P3P-harmonization#DataCategories as at 9 April 1998)
Information that allows an individual to be contacted or located in the physical world — such as phone number or address.
Information that allows an individual to be contacted or located on the Internet — such as email. Often, this information is independent of the specific computer used to access the network. (See Computer Information)
Non-financial identifiers issued for purposes of consistently identifying the individual — such as SSN or Web site IDs.
Identifiers that tie an individual to a financial instrument, account, or payment system — such as a credit card or bank account number.
Information about the computer system that the individual is using to access the network — such as the IP number, domain name, browser type or operating system.
Data passively generated by browsing the Web site — such as which pages are visited, and how long users stay on each page.
Data actively generated from or reflecting explicit interactions with a service provider through its site — such as queries to a search engine, logs of account activity, or purchases made on the Web.
Data about an individual’s characteristics — such as gender, age, and income.
Data about an individual’s likes and dislikes — such as favourite colour or musical tastes.
The words and expressions contained in the body of a communication — such as the text of email, bulletin board postings, or chat room communications.