Permissions overview

To allow another user to reference one of your datasets, you can use the Platform to create a permission.

When you use the Platform to import a dataset, we say that you own it. At first, datasets which you own are visible only to you. 

Each permission gives a single user the ability to reference a single dataset. If you want a user to be able to reference more than one dataset you own, create a permission for each one.

A permission does not grant access to your Bunker, and it doesn't allow access to individual records or to your original data. You always remain in control of permissions for datasets you own. If you give another user permission to reference a dataset, unless stated otherwise, they can't extend that permission to anyone else.

When you create a permission, you define how the recipient can use your dataset. You will be presented with a series of decisions with many different permutations. For insight and activation datasets, the options available are slightly different.

Insight dataset

When you create a permission, you are enabling another user to analyse a dataset you own. You will first need to decide whether the recipient can:

  • view the metadata and assess the intersection with other datasets,
  • query the intersection with other datasets, or
  • query the whole dataset.

Choosing a query-based permission allows the recipient to reference your dataset in a query, which produces aggregated, anonymised statistics.

If you allow the recipient to query your dataset, you will then have the option to ring-fence the number of query credits to control the number of queries they can run on your dataset.

If you only allow the recipient to query the intersection, you can also set a maximum number of rows that can be returned in a query, such as limiting it to 10,000 rows.

You will then decide how the recipient can query your dataset alongside others. This can either be:

  • in combination with datasets they own, or
  • in combination with datasets they own or have permission to use.

By selecting the first option, you are ensuring the recipient can only analyse your dataset alongside ones they own, rather than ones owned by a third party. If you’re unsure, we recommend selecting the first option as you can always change this permission later on.

If you want to, you can allow your insight dataset to be used in an activation query. The recipient could then use the attributes held in your dataset to segment their activation dataset.

Activation dataset

The permissions for activation datasets are slightly different. You can either allow the recipient to:

  • view the metadata and assess the intersection with other datasets, or
  • query the whole dataset.

If you allow the recipient to query the whole dataset, you can set limits on the number of queries they can run and the number of unique records that can be returned from queries. 

You can also restrict the destination of any results to a push-connector of your choice. This means that the recipient could use your activation dataset to run activation queries but wouldn’t be able to see the results. These results could only be pushed to the location defined by you when creating the permission, such as your SFTP server, so stay within your control at all times.

Monitor usage

You can view the usage of any permission by switching to the Permissions Sent tab on the left side menu - and vice versa in the Permissions Received tab.