•   over 2 years ago

Is this considered personally identifiable information?

If our app sets a Cookie on the user's PC/browser the first time they visit our mobile web app, and this Cookie contains a completely randomly generated unique ID, is that considered a violation of the contest's guidelines for personally identifiable information?

Note, no personally identifiable information will be used to generate the random ID, and no other personally identifiable information will be collected from the user. The only purpose/usage of the random ID will be to store user preferences and to create reminders for them, all in an anonymous manner.

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  • Moderator   •   over 2 years ago

    Hi Robert,

    Cookies generated with unique ID’s to store general user preferences are not in violation of the no personally identifiable information requirement.

    Thank you for participating in SAMHSA's Opioid Recovery App Challenge,
    The Challenge Team

  •   •   over 2 years ago

    Are usernames (with no email verification) allowed within the regulation?

  • Moderator   •   over 2 years ago

    Hi jmcadams,
    User defined or selected usernames are not permitted. Only system generated usernames, randomly generated, would be permissible so they cannot be cross-referenced with any other source.

    Thank you for your interest in SAMHSA's Opioid Recovery App Challenge,
    The Challenge Team

  •   •   over 2 years ago

    Thank you for the clarification.

    Can users be allowed to create passwords (will be encrypted) for their randomly generated usernames or they are only allowed to use said usernames?

    Finally, are login processes required at all?

  • Moderator   •   over 2 years ago

    Hello jmcadams,

    Login processes are not required. Passwords can be created for system generated usernames.

    Thank you,
    The Challenge Team

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