What is a Blind Task?

Blind Tasks are used to allocate Process Controls, Risk Treatments or Event Tasks to Positions that do not have Security Rights to the Parent Record (e.g. the Compliance Process, Risk, or Event).

The details of a Blind Task’s Parent Record are hidden from the Position to whom the Task is allocated.

The ‘Blind Task’ option and Task assignment drop-down lists

If you select the ‘Blind Task’ option when creating or editing a Task, all Positions—including those who have no Record Security access to the Parent Record—become visible in the ‘Actioned By’ drop-down list and can be assigned to complete the Task.

Blind Tasks and the ‘My Summary’ page

The screenshot below shows two Process Control Tasks.

Example Risk Treatment Task entries

Example Risk Treatment Task entries

The first Process Control 1 hasn’t been set as a Blind Task and shows the details of the parent Compliance:

  • The Compliance Number is displayed in the ‘Number’ column

  • A description of the parent Compliance is displayed above the Task details, in the ‘Details’ column

  • The Process Control sequence number is displayed with the Task details, in the ‘Details’ column.

By contrast, the Blind Task entry 2 hides information about the Parent Record:

  • The generic term Compliance is displayed in the ‘Number’ column to indicate the type of Parent Record

  • The description of the Parent Record in the ‘Detail’ column is no longer displayed

  • The Process Control sequence number is no longer displayed.

Blind Tasks and email notifications

When a Task becomes due, you receive an email containing details of the Task. The screenshot below shows two sample emails, one notifying of a non-Blind Task 1, and the other a Blind Task 2.

Non-Blind and Blind Task email notifications (Process Control)

Non-Blind and Blind Task email notifications (Process Control)

Note the difference between the two emails (highlighted in the example above):

  • The non-Blind Task 1 displays the Parent Record details in the ‘Reference’ column.

  • The Blind Task 2 just displays the generic term Compliance in the ‘Reference’ column to indicate the type of Parent Record.

When to set a Task as a Blind Task

An example of when to set a Blind Task is if you want to allocate a Task to a Position but need to prevent the Position seeing the Parent Record because the information is confidential or sensitive.

Consider a Risk called Internal Fraud. The Internal Fraud Risk has a Risk Treatment assigned to the IT Officer to restrict PC access to financial records.

By making the Risk Treatment a Blind Task, we can assign the Risk Treatment to the IT Officer with confidence that the IT Officer won’t see any details about the Internal Fraud Risk. This principle applies to:

  • Compliance Records and their Process Controls

  • Risks and their Treatments

  • Events and their Tasks

  • Registers and their Tasks

  • Contracts and their Tasks.

How to set a Task as a Blind Task

You can set any Process Control, Risk Treatment or Event Task as a Blind Task when:

  • creating a new Task, or

  • editing an existing Task.

To set a Task as a Blind Task, tick the ‘Blind Task’ option on the Task’s ‘Details’ tab while you’re editing the Task. The sample screenshots below show the Blind Task option for:

  • Process Control 1 (also applicable to Contracts),

  • Risk Treatment 2, and

  • Event Task 3 (also applicable to Registers).

Blind Task option for Process Control

Blind Task option for Process Control

Blind Task option for Risk Treatment

Blind Task option for Risk Treatment

Blind Task option for Event Task

Blind Task option for Event Task

Procedures

Set a Process Control as a Blind Task

Note: The following is also applicable to Contracts.

  1. Open a Compliance Process from the ‘My Tasks’ page or the ‘Compliance Processes’ page.

  2. The selected Compliance Process page is displayed.

  3. On the Compliance Process page, click the ‘Process Controls’ tab.

  4. The Process Controls tab content is displayed.

  5. On the Process Controls tab, either:

    • Click a Process Control in the list to edit it, or

    • Click the ‘New Control’ icon to create a new Process Control.

  6. The ‘New Task’ or ‘Edit Task’ popup window is displayed (‘New Task’ popup window shown below).

    Blind Task option for Process Control
  7. In the ‘Details’ tab of the ‘New Task’ or ‘Edit Task’ popup window, click the ‘Blind Task’ option (see 1 above).

  8. Edit the other fields of the Process Control as required.

  9. Click the ‘Save’ icon to create or update the Process Control.

Set a Risk Treatment as a Blind Task

  1. Open a Risk from the ‘My Tasks’ page or the ‘Risks’ page.

  2. The selected Risk page is displayed.

  3. On the Risk page, click the ‘Treatments’ tab.

  4. The Treatments tab content is displayed.

  5. On the Treatments tab, either:

    • Click a Risk Treatment in the list to edit it, or

    • Click the ‘New Treatment’ icon to create a new Risk Treatment.

  6. The ‘New Task’ or ‘Edit Task’ popup window is displayed (‘Edit Task’ popup window shown below).

    Blind Task option for Risk Treatment
  7. In the ‘Details’ tab of the ‘New Task’ or ‘Edit Task’ popup window, click the ‘Blind Task’ option (see 1 above).

  8. Edit the other fields of the Risk Treatment as required.

  9. Click the ‘Save’ icon to create or update the Risk Treatment.

Set an Event Task as a Blind Task

Note: The following is also applicable to Registers.

  1. Open an Event from the ‘My Tasks’ page or the Events List.

  2. The selected Event is displayed.

  3. On the Event page, click the ‘Tasks’ tab.

  4. The Tasks tab content is displayed.

  5. On the Tasks tab, either:

    • Click an Event Task in the list to edit it, or

    • Click the ‘New Task’ icon to create a new Event Task.

  6. The ‘New Task’ or ‘Edit Task’ popup window is displayed (‘New Task’ popup window shown below).

    Blind Task option for Event
  7. In the ‘Description’ tab of the ‘New Task’ or ‘Edit Task’ popup window, click the ‘Blind Task’ option (see 1 above).

  8. Edit the other fields of the Event Task as required.

  9. Click the ‘Save’ icon to create or update the Event Task.

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