Clinical Research Glossary

anonymize anonymize


Remove, change, or hide personal details to protect participant privacy.

Example of anonymize in a sentence

When researchers anonymize data they remove all personal identifiers, so that the participant cannot be linked back to that data by anyone.

More Info

When data are anonymized, details such as name, birth date, and address are removed so that any personal information is no longer available to anyone.

Other info to think about when joining a study

You may hear the term “anonymize” when the study team talks about the data they collect from you during the study and how that data will be protected. There are different ways to protect data. When data are anonymized, they cannot be linked back to any individual.

As a participant, you can ask the study team for more information about what data they will collect and how they will protect your personal information. You may also want to clarify if the information they collect from you will be anonymized.

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