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2827300 - Data Anonymization feature in Instance Refresh - SuccessFactors


  • What are the data anonymization options for Instance Refresh Tool?
  • Is that possible to anonymize data in the instance refresh?
  • Which module's related data can I anonymize during the refresh?
  • Instance Refresh Tool & Data Anonymization capabilities;
  • How to enable Selective Data Anonymization [TLS-21925]?

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You can now mask personally identifiable fields for the following modules/features when performing refreshes using Instance Refresh Tool:

  • Recruiting Management;
  • Employee Central;
  • User Management.


  • Provisioning Opt-In: This Feature is only available using the Instance refresh Tool and is an Opt-in feature.
  • Please refer to Instance Refresh Data Anonymization Fields for complete list of fields covered by this feature.
  • Please notice that once the Data Anonymization is done, there is not way to undo it.
  • The Selective Data Anonymization feature will be unavailable between the 1H 2023 preview and production release (Preview: April 28, 2023 | Production: June 2, 2023). Data Anonymization for all fields can still be performed during this period. 



Instance Refresh Tool enabled and with its access properly granted to the user as per Configuring Permissions for Instance Refresh | SAP Help Portal


How can I opt-in for Data Anonymization feature in Instance Refresh tool?

Raise an case under the component "LOD-SF-PLT-REF" together with your approval to enable the Data Anonymization feature for Instance Refresh Tool on the Source AND Target instance. Product Support team will enable this switch in Provisioning > Company Settings > Enable Data Anonymization for Instance Refresh


How do I use the Data Anonymization from the instance refresh tool?

Once the provisioning switch for the feature is enabled, you will see an option when scheduling the refresh via the tool called "Anonymize Rest of the Sensitive Fields" as shown in the screen shot below:



 What fields in Recruiting Modules,  Employee Central and User Management are anonymized?

See full list of Generic Field Names which are masked as part of the Data Anonymization for Instance Refresh see Instance Refresh Data Anonymization Fields

Note: As of b2205 release, Employee Photo Anonymization is now possible using the Instance Refresh Tool - Employee Photo Anonymization Using the Instance Refresh Tool. Also, currently performance forms are not part of the data anonymization.


When can we expect more fields for data anonymization to be added?

Additional data anonymization fields will be added in a future road map - updates will be shared via Roadmap and SAP Help document Instance Refresh Data Anonymization Fields as details become available.


Is it possible to select which fields will be anonymized? Any details on Selective Data Anonymization?

By default all fields mentioned in the Instance Refresh Data Anonymization Fields will be anonymized during the Data Anonymization process.

In 2H 2022 release, a new feature 'Selective Data Anonymization' has been introduced. Feature ID TLS-21925, guide-> Selective Anonymization of Data in Instance Refresh
This is supported in Instance Refresh Tool only, not in Manual Refresh.

From 1H 2023 release, Selective Data Anonymization will become generally available for customers, as long as the core Data Anonymization feature is enabled in provisioning.  

Does Manual Refresh support Data Anonymization?

Yes, Data Anonymization is now supported for manual refresh. Please mention the request in the Manual refresh form while raising the refresh ticket.

See Also

KBA 2791468 - Instance Refresh Tool


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