Definitions Edit

European Union Edit


covers activities such as collecting information, recording and storing it, retrieving it for consultation, sending it or making it available to other people, and also blocking, erasing or destroying data.

Information Edit

Processing is

[t]he state that exists when information is being accessed or acted upon by one or more steps proceeding in a predetermined sequence or method.[1]

Intelligence Edit

Processing is

[a] system of operations designed to convert raw data into useful information.[2]

Personal information Edit

Processing is the

[o]peration or set of operations performed upon personal information that can include, but is not limited to, the collection, retention, logging, generation, transformation, use, disclosure, transfer, and disposal of personal information.[3]

United Kingdom Edit


in relation to information or data, means obtaining, recording or holding the information or data or carrying out any operation or set of operations on the information or data, including —

(a) organisation, adaptation or alteration of the information or data,

(b) retrieval, consultation or use of the information or data,

(c) disclosure of the information or data by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, or

(d) alignment, combination, blocking, erasure or destruction of the information or data.[4]

References Edit

  1. DCID 6/3, Glossary, App. B.
  2. FM 2-91.4, at Glossary-7.
  3. Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems, at 29.
  4. U.K. Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003.

See also Edit

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