How can we improve Transform Data by Example?

Address what information is sent "over the wire" as part of this feature

This feature appears to possibly send (or have the ability to send) protected health information (PHI) to Azure over the web. If I am using an address-related feature of Transform Data by Example, is the actual data sent over the wire, or is a computed hash of that data sent over the wire? It would be good to know what is being sent between servers. I like this plugin, but couldn't use it for some sensitive data if that data is sent out over the internet.

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  • Kukjin Lee - MSFTResearch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thanks for the feedback, Jim.
    When hovering over the Get Transformations button, the add-in will highlight a region of the spreadsheet based upon the current cell. Alternatively, one may first manually select a region of cells. When the Get Transformations button is clicked, the data in this region is securely sent to the backend server and the results are then securely returned. If one has chosen to participate in the service improvement program, such data and user activity will be retained for a limited amount of time. One may choose to opt-out of the service improvement program (under the Settings menu) at any time by toggling the setting to "Off" and doing so will remove all data and usage activity collected previously. All data and activity are transmitted and stored securely, will never be shared with 3rd parties and are used solely to improve the service. You can find more details at https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement

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