kaled - 6:08 pm on Jun 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm not asking for an example, I'm asking for a legal definition.
How about this...
DPA = Data Protection Act
The DPA defines personal data as "data which relate to a living individual who can be identified (a) from those data, or (b) from those data and other information which is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of, the data controller, and includes...
"When considering identifiability it should be assumed that you are not looking just at the means reasonably likely to be used by the ordinary man in the street, but also the means that are likely to be used by a determined person with a particular reason to want to identify individuals," the ICO said. "Examples would include investigative journalists, estranged partners, stalkers, or industrial spies."
I must admit I was surprised that it's ok to hold personal information about dead people, but I'm guessing that google wasn't sniffing ghostly email traffic so I don't think that let's them off the hook.
So, I trust you'll be eating humble pie rather than asking stupid questions from now on - after all, a smart guy like you should be able to find the answers without asking me to your work for you!