Using sensitive variables

Variables can be defined as being sensitive using Variable Manager.  Only users who have the appropriate security permissions will be able to view the contents of sensitive variables.  Other users will see the contents of these fields replaced with asterisks throughout Q_Panel (including when exporting data). 

Click on the Sensitive button on the Variable Manager toolbar to view variables marked as sensitive.

In this example, email address is a sensitive variable.

Add other variables to the list of sensitive variables by finding them within the variable hierarchy, and dragging them into the list on the right-hand side.

Variables can be removed from the list by clicking on the delete button X.

A user who does not have permission to see the contents of sensitive variables will see, in this example, the email address replaced by asterisks throughout Q_Panel.  For example, History Manager would show the following:

Samples which contain a sensitive variable as an output column cannot be run whether or not the user submitting the sample has access to view sensitive data.

Note that if an email uses variables marked as sensitive as merge fields, the test emails will display this data in full, even if the user does not have access to sensitive data.  Test emails are however limited to the first five panellists in the email batch.

The security functions that control access to sensitive variables are as follows:

Security Function Description
Maintenance/Variable Manager/Sensitive/Modify Permission to change the sensitivity of a variable.
Maintenance/Variable Manager/Sensitive/Data Permission to view contents of sensitive variables within Q_Panel.
Maintenance/Variable Manager/Sensitive/Data/Export Permission to export contents of sensitive variables.