Anonymous vs. Registered Users

When creating a LifePak, you will have to decide whether to gather data from Registered Users or Anonymous Users.  This option is listed under Distribution Settings within the LifePak edit modal.   

 

Registered Users.  If you decide to limit distribution of your LifePak to Registered Users, then you will instruct your mobile users to 1) search for your LifePak by name; 2) download your LifePak (at which time they will be told they must sign up for an account; 3) sign up for a free account, which requires them to agree to Terms of Use, acknowledge LifeData’s Privacy Policy and then provide an email address and password for their account.  This email address will not be viewable by you, but it serves as a unique identifier within the LifeData database. 

 

Anonymous Users.  If you choose Anonymous User mode, then Mobile Users do not have to register for a LifeData account. Instead, a random number is assigned to them so that you can track all of their data, and no personally identifiable information is gathered by the LifeData platform.  You will instruct these Users to 1) search for your LifePak by name; 2) download your LifePak (at which time they will be prompted to agree to the terms of use and privacy policy; and 3) agree to the terms and policy.  This is a faster onboarding process and has the advantage of not gathering any personally identifiable information. There are two drawbacks to this approach. One is that you cannot use Yoking features and the other is that the LifeData platform cannot track participants across different downloads of a LifePakSo if one of your participants deletes an Anonymous LifePak, if they reload it they will be assigned a different Anonymous User ID and it will not be linked to the original Anonymous User ID that had been assigned to them. One way to safeguard against this is to include a question in a startup session that asks participants to input a unique study ID that you provide them. This allows you to link any anonymous ID with that study ID. 

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