Metadata Fields in Snowflake

The data contained in metadata fields may be processed outside of your Snowflake Region. It is a customer responsibility to ensure that no personal data (other than for a User object), sensitive data, export-controlled data, or other regulated data is entered into any metadata field when using the Snowflake Service.

The most common metadata fields are:

  • Object definitions, such as a policy, an external function, or a view definition.

  • Object properties, such as an object name or an object comment.

Attention

Within the Snowflake Service, metadata fields are usually populated by CREATE <object> and ALTER <object> statements for a given object. When using these commands, ensure that no personal data (other than for a User object), sensitive data, export-controlled data, or other regulated data populates any metadata fields.

The following table sets forth the list of potential metadata fields in the Snowflake Service. Metadata is “Usage Data” as defined in our Terms of Service or other agreement between you and Snowflake covering use of the Snowflake Service.

Snowflake updates this table regularly as new features and services are added. If you have questions about how Snowflake tracks data or about sensitive information in the actual query text please contact Snowflake Support.

Category

Metadata Fields

Further Reading

Object Definitions

  • External functions

  • User-defined functions

  • Policies (masking, network, row access)

Object Properties

  • Column name

  • Comment

  • Tag value

Object Types

  • Organization

  • Account, including managed account

  • API integration

  • Warehouse

  • Resource monitor

  • Role

  • User

  • Database

  • Schema

  • Table, including external table

  • View, including materialized view

  • Policies (masking, network, row access)

  • External function

  • External table

  • File names in internal stages

  • Pipe

  • Procedure

  • Shares

  • Stages, internal and external

  • Stream

  • Tag

  • Task

  • User-defined functions

Other Metadata

  • Query literals

  • Schema of files in internal stages