Mask Blinded Data


Users with the standard CDMS Lead Data Manager or CDMS Super User study roles can perform the actions described below by default. If your organization uses custom roles, your role must grant the following permissions:

Type Permission Label Controls
Functional Permission Workbench Tab

Ability to access and use the Data Workbench application, via the Workbench tab

Functional Permission Configure CDB

Ability to configure settings for Core Listings in Workbench

If your Study contains restricted data, you must have the Restricted Data Access permission to view it.

Learn more about Study Roles.

About Masking

When you enable the Mask Blinded Data feature, you can define the display of blinded data through masking configuration. By default, blinded data won’t display anywhere Workbench for users who don’t have access to blinded data (those users without the Restricted Data Access permission).

If you have the Conditional Unblinding feature enabled, that criteria controls which cells of data are masked. This applies to all Studies within the vault.

Masked items in exports will have the character data type, which is reflected in the manifest.json file and as the SAS data type.

In the Workbench UI, masked items show “BLINDED” instead of the item value.

How to Enable Mask Blinded Data

To enable the Mask Blinded Data feature in your vault:

  1. Open Workbench.
  2. Navigate to Configurations via the Navigation Drawer.
  3. Click Mask Blinded Data to open that configuration area.

  4. Switch the enablement toggle to On. This enables the feature and shows the Define Masking Areas options.
  5. Select your masking areas:
    • Mask Blinded Data Globally: Apply masking to blinded data in both the Workbench UI and in export packages.
    • Mask Blinded Data in the UI: Apply masking to blinded data in only the Workbench UI. With this option, there is no masking in export packages.
    • Mask Blinded Data for Exports: Apply masking only in export packages. With this option, there is no masking in the Workbench UI.
  6. Click Save.

Masking selections are reset upon disabling the feature.