FAQ - Data Security in ArcGIS Maps for Power BI

05-25-2018 03:04 PM
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We've received a number of questions regarding how and when Power BI data is sent to Esri when Power BI users interact with the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visual. I'd like to share these answers with the community so everyone is aware of when their data is - and isn't being sent to Esri for geoprocessing. 

Q: There are data going to and from the ArcGIS site.  I am assuming this is just address data for mapping purposes only. The question is what data is sent between Power BI and ArcGIS? And is this data being stored by ArcGIS?

A: Correct, only the data needed to geocode the address (ie, fields placed in the Location field well) are passed to Esri servers. These data are only used to generate the information used to place the locations on the map and they are not stored by Esri servers.

Q: Does ArcGIS offer a service where this data is not collected for internal use or shared with any partners?

A: As mentioned, we do not store this data. We also do not share it with partners. If data being passed to Esri is a concern, you can use the latitude and longitude field wells to map their point data instead of using the Location field well. When using the latitude and longitude field wells, no data is passed to Esri for mapping – but it does require you to have performed the geocoding process some other way.

Q: Does ArcGIS maps geo-coding have a limit on the number of waypoints that can be sent?  If so, what is the limit?  Is there a limit per day?

A: Limits to geocoding are on a per-map basis and can be found in our documentation here.

Q: Is it possible our address list or search history is never shared for marketing purposes to any partner of ArcGIS?

A: Address list and search history information from ArcGIS Maps for Power BI is never shared for any purpose to any partner of Esri.

About the Author
Scott is a product manager working to make the power of geography accessible to everyone. He works on the ArcGIS Online team and works closely with the Public Safety team.