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Breaches of PII and PHI

What is a Breach?

According to the Department of Defense (DoD), a breach of personal information occurs when the information is lost, disclosed to, accessed by, or potentially exposed to unauthorized individuals, or compromised in a way where the subjects of the information are negatively affected.

Breach Reporting

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) Privacy and Civil Liberties Office (Privacy Office) coordinates breach reporting within the Military Health System (MHS). Email us if you have questions about breaches or breach reporting within the MHS.

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Examples of PII

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Personally identifiable information (PII) is information that identifies, links, relates, or is unique to, or describes you. This also includes information which can be used to distinguish or trace your identity and any other personal information which is linked or linkable to you.

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