Omitting privacy sensitive input variables in form submission

Dear all, I have a simple question on which I can seem to find any relevant documentation. In my survey I am collecting personal information on individual respondents. These are collected within a repeated group of questions. Later in my survey I use the indexed-repeat to recollect individuals names which are then referred to in specific questions.

However, ethical guidelines do not allow me to store individuals names when submitting completed forms. Hence my question: Is it possible to collect store and use names in a form on a device, but to omit these when submitting a completed form?

Cheers, Ente

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Hi Ente,

The only data that gets sent in a submission are nodes that are
relevant. I can't think of an easy way to omit names from the
submission.

Perhaps you can just encrypt the form?
https://opendatakit.org/help/encrypted-forms

Or don't use names at all. Use nicknames or numbers to identify respondents.

Yaw

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On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 8:53 AM, enterood@gmail.com wrote:

Dear all, I have a simple question on which I can seem to find any relevant documentation. In my survey I am collecting personal information on individual respondents. These are collected within a repeated group of questions. Later in my survey I use the indexed-repeat to recollect individuals names which are then referred to in specific questions.

However, ethical guidelines do not allow me to store individuals names when submitting completed forms. Hence my question: Is it possible to collect store and use names in a form on a device, but to omit these when submitting a completed form?

Cheers, Ente

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I'd like to bump this question if that's ok - is there any update to this? The ability to use names within a form (to remind the enumerator which person they're asking about) but not send those to the server (to comply with privacy rules, ethical requirements, etc.) would be really useful.

Hi @Bramleyl,

No, it is still the same as @yanokwa said. Your option could be encrypted forms.
The names could be sent to the server but removed during data cleaning. Another option is just to have household member card filled during visits. Then use member id from those card for referencing members.