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Definition Edit

Telecommunications-related personal information is personal information that is created in the course of an individual's subscription to a telecommunications or information service or as a result of his or her use of that service.

Overview Edit

To illustrate the concept of TRPI, consider an electronic mail service that allows individuals to log on to the service via modem and send e-mail messages through the Internet. To subscribe to this service, the provider will typically collect some basic information about the customer, such as name, home address, home telephone number, work telephone number, type of e-mail service requested, and credit card (or other payment) information. Once the e-mail service has been installed, additional data will be generated each time the customer sends an e-mail message. That includes all the personal information created in the course of routing a message from the individual to the addressee (e.g., header information on an e-mail message), as well as certain accounting information, which, depending on how the service charges its customers, could include the date, time, subject line of message, and its length. All of this subscription and usage data constitutes TRPI.[1]

References Edit

  1. National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Privacy and the NII: Safeguarding Telecommunications-Related Personal Information (Oct. 23, 1995).[1]

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