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Configuring confidential questions in a questionnaire

As a catalog administrator or an internal supplier, you can set User Generated questions as confidential to restrict unauthorized users from viewing answers that contain confidential information.

HR cases (and specifically, Employee Relations cases) usually contain sensitive personal data that must be protected to comply with regulations. Examples for what needs to be kept confidential are home addresses, gender identity, medical information, and compensation-related information.


You can set as confidential only the User Generated questions that originate from BMC Helix Business Workflows related services.

Related topics

Creating service questionnaires

BMC Helix Innovation Studio connector

Attaching a workflow to a service

Adding process input variables to a workflow

Designing a questionnaire

Identifying and protecting users' confidential data Open link

Scenario for creating confidential questions in a questionnaire

The following scenario describes the need for creating confidential questions:

Penny is a catalog administrator. She is responsible for creating and managing HR services that originate from BMC Helix Business Workflows. 

Penny needs to create a bonus compensation service. In Penny's company, the bonus compensation depends on an employee's salary and years spent with the company, so Penny has to create a questionnaire with confidential  questions. When Penny sets certain questions as confidential, she knows that answers to confidential questions will be available only to the service requester and authorized users. 

Before you begin

The following conditions must be met before you can create confidential questions:

  1. You must have the Helix Platform connector configured. 
  2. Create a workflow that includes the Create Ticket action. 
  3. Configure the Create Ticket action to use text input variables—the variables to be automatically added to the questionnaire.
  4. For the added workflow, add a questionnaire.  

Setting questions as confidential

In the Question designer, you can flag any question type as Confidential except an attachment question. For details about question types, see Adding questions to a questionnaire.

When you set a question as confidential, it is displayed as shown in the following image:

When you have created a questionnaire with confidential questions, associate its workflow with a service, and perform all other steps to make the service available to end users. For details about how to do this, see Adding and updating services.  

Who can see the confidential questions

End users who submit a service request can see confidential questions as as shown in the following image:

Unauthorized users cannot view confidential questions.

End users experience in BMC Helix Digital Workplace

The following users can view confidential questions and answers in BMC Helix Digital Workplace end user console:

The following users can view confidential questions and answers in BMC Helix Digital Workplace only if they have the has confidential data access permission in BMC Helix Business Workflows:

Confidential questions and answers are not displayed in BMC Helix Digital Workplace to users without has confidential data access permission in BMC Helix Business Workflows. For more information about granting confidential data access in BMC Helix Business Workflows, see  Designating case data as confidential Open link


End users cannot search for service requests by submitted confidential answers.

Administrators experience in BMC Helix Business Workflows

Catalog administrators cannot view confidential questions in details of services in the Service Request report. For more details about the Service Request report, see Reviewing the status of service requests.

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  1. Patti Rothert

    Where do i assign the confidential data access permission to access the confidential questions?

    May 11, 2023 11:20
    1. Patti Rothert

      Where is the documentation for the Confidential Data access permission and how to set this.

      May 11, 2023 11:35
      1. Aaditi Lakade

        Hello, Patti Rothert

        Thank you for your queries. We are working on addressing them through our documentation. 



        May 12, 2023 04:41
        1. Mariia Matskiv

          Hello Patti Rothert ,

          Thank you for your queries! You can define access to confidential data by configuring the confidential support groups in BMC Helix Innovation Suite Foundation data and granting confidential data access to these support groups in BMC Helix Business Workflows. We have updated our documentation to include a link to the topic that contains detailed instructions on how to perform these activities. For more information, see Designating case data as confidential in the BMC Helix Business Workflows documentation. 

          If you have any questions or require additional assistance, please let us know. 

          Best regards,

          May 24, 2023 02:49