User data in test environments Philip Robinson
03 Jul 2019 11:13 EDT
Seeking some sage counsel from our SIG ...
Our FOLIO data migration team is trying to get a handle on privacy issues for doing test loads of user data. In a meeting today three options were considered:
- Anonymizing user data
- Bringing the test system (in our case, a local FOLIO instance) up to standards that would allow it to house private data
- Testing with only a small group of select users (staff members who give us permission)
My initial response to them was to anonymize the data. Maybe some whizbang developer could run an efficient script to give everyone a random first and last name, phone number, etc.
I’d eventually like to see the test system (and certainly the prod system) brought up to privacy standards, but we’re a bit hamstrung by whatever the FOLIO developers throw at us in their releases. I opined that the third option isn’t great, because the pool of user data would be too small.
How are your institutions dealing with test user data? Do you have recommendations?
Director of Library Systems