The word “data” is a Latin plural for “something given or presented,” while the word “information” is derived from the Latin term meaning, “to form knowledge.”
So, yes: data and information are essentially the same things. In today’s digital world, there is no such thing as a data point; every single piece of information has been collected by someone at some time.
For example, the date and time this blog post was written are part of its metadata (or “data about data”).
The machine-readable code in bold below will identify it to machines that crawl the text on web pages or search engines like Google.