Privacy Levels

Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls collect telemetry data that can potentially be used to identify networks, devices, and users.
Individual metrics collected by PAN-OS device telemetry have different privacy considerations. That is, the data might contain information that identifies a device, network, or person.
Privacy
Description
Anonymous
The metric cannot be used to identify any specific network, device, or person.
Device
The metric contains information that can identify a specific device. For example, it might contain information such as hostnames or serial numbers. The device that can be identified might not be the device from which the data was collected. It might instead be a remote device for which a next-generation firewall manages network activity.
Network
The metric contains information that can identify a specific network. For example, it might contain subnet or routing information.
User
The metric contains information that can identify a specific user. Palo Alto Networks devices use technology that enables the device to associate network activity with the user who is known to have performed an action (such as log on to a device), or who probably performed the action (because corporate directory sources identify the person as the primary user of a device).
The metrics described in this document are primarily organized by their collection category because the collection and transmission of telemetry data is performed by turning collection categories off and on. To identify metrics grouped by privacy consideration:

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