Removing Student PII (personally identifiable information)

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In order to help with GDPR compliance for your learners, Admins have the ability to remove a student's personal identifiable information (PII) from their Skilljar Organization. This information includes the student's email address, first name and last name. 


Admin Experience:

  1. From Students, select a user. Click on the Admin Actions dropdown.
  2. This will open up the Admin Actions dropdown, where you can select the Delete Student Information option:


When you select the Delete Student Information option, a warning message displays:


Please select ‘I understand’ in order to proceed with deleting the student's personal information. Once you select the "Delete" button, the student's information is delete and you will return to the Student table. If you decide that you do not want to delete the student's personal information, please select the "Cancel" button. Selecting this option will return you to the specific student’s page

Note: Deleting a student’s personal information cannot be undone.


The following Personally Identifiable Information is removed from the Database when this action is run:

  • Student First Name

  • Student Last Name

  • Email Address

  • All Sign Up Field Responses

  • Student Profile image
  • Student Name on Certificate PDF Image

The Following Information will remain in the Database - under the Obfuscated student object “”: 

    • Group Memberships

    • Domain Memberships

    • Enrollments

      • While the student's PII is removed, associated student enrollments will still remain. This allows you to maintain historical records related to course registrations and completions. Following the deletion, the "removed" student will continue to exist, but this will not have any PII associated back to the actual student.
    • Analytics associated with those enrollments (Quiz responses, ILT registration/attendance)

      • While the student's PII is removed, analytics will still remain to show that there was a user who had taken training, but their information has been removed. 

Note: To fully delete a test user, please contact Skilljar Support.


API Experience

If you are looking to automate this Anonymization process from another system that you manage your GDPR requests in, it is possible to Anonymize users through the Skilljar API. 


This API call requires the Student ID which can be gathered through the API, or from the URL of the student page in the dashboard. 


Salesforce and Data Connector

When a student's PII is removed from the Dashboard, the update is not passed to Salesforce. Please manage the student deletion through Salesforce directly, if the student is to be fully deleted. 

The Data Connector should reflect the current Skilljar database, even with PII removed. If an Admin has moved data from the PostGres DB using an ETL tool to your data warehouse, the data warehouse will likely still have that PII. This is because Skilljar has no control of the data after it is moved out of the platform's Database.


After Removal

In order to search for the removed students, you can search for "removed" in the Students section or within Analytics. The display for after a Student's information is deleted: 



Student Experience

If this student returns to your site, they will have no student record or training history. They will get an error message, as there is no Student with that email in the database:


The 'Forgot Password' process will NOT work - the student will have to sign up again as a new user. Once they do, they will have no training history listed:


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