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This feature (De-identified Data Exports) is only available to CommCare users with a Pro Plan or higher. For more details, see the CommCare Software Plan page.
This export allows a user with secure access to CommCare HQ to download data that can be analyzed for specific outcomes, but makes the personal identity of the cases unknown to the data analyst. CommCare applications may contain both personal identifying information and sensitive information. This type of information includes:
By combining sensitive information with common identifiers such as date of birth, geographic location, or sex, the information could be used to identify a single person. On the data collection side, CommCare requires all users to log in with a secure, unique identification. The data is then securely hosted and is encrypted using RSA 256-bit encryption. All interactions on the CommCareHQ website are conducted using industry standard transmission encryption. CommCareHQ reports are only made available to users with appropriate access to public health information. However, it is the responsibility of users with access to data in their project spaces to make sure that it is shared appropriately.
Downloading de-identified report is a three-step process:
Create or select a form export: Information to create a form export is located here. To select an existing form export go to:
CommCareHQ -> Data -> Export Data -> Export Forms -> Exports and select “Edit” for the export you want to download with de-identified data. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the Privacy Settings.
This allows the user to select form data to be de-identified so when the data is exported to an excel sheet, the columns will still be in the data export but the data values will not contain personal information that can be tracked to a single beneficiary
3. Once you have marked the sensitive fields, scroll all the way down to Privacy Settings and check the box "Publish in De-identified Export". Checking this box will make the export appear as a "De-identified Export" on the form export page. By checking this box, you are confirming that you have excluded or marked as sensitive all identifiable information, and users who only have access to de-identified data may access this export.