Classification Models

The classification model types available in NetGovern Search are PCI, PHI, and PII. 

A general representation of each category is noted below. This gives an impression of the criteria used to classify data in each of the NetGovern classification models.




Payment Card Information is information related to transactions involving credit cards, prepaid cards, point-of-sale cards, e-purse, bank debit, and ATM cards.
PCI also concerns account number, chips (data and RFID), CVD (card verification number), expiration date, magnetic strip data, and PIN (personal identification number).


Protected Health Information, also referred to as personal health information, refers to the past, present or future physical or mental health condition of an individual.

PHI is formed by two components:

1. 18 personal identifiers, including "geographical subdivisions smaller than a State", all dates (birth, admission, discharge, death), and account, license plate, serial numbers, etc..

2. Any information that was "created, used, or disclosed in the course of providing a health care service such as diagnosis or treatment." This can include medical conditions or histories, including test and laboratory results, vital signs datasets, and biomedical specimens.

Electronically stored Protected Health Information (PHI) is referred to as ePHI.

See official definition of PHI


Personally Identifiable Information is any information about an individual.

A person's name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother‘s maiden name, biometric records, medical, educational, financial, and employment records.

See official PII guidelines