Are my survey responses anonymous and secure?

Anonymity

It's up to each survey creator to decide to collect responses anonymously or to capture respondents’ personal information. Respondents’ personal information can be captured by the survey creator in two ways: by expressly asking you for your personal details (name, address, etc.) and by configuring the survey to automatically capture your IP address and/or email address.

SurveyMonkey provides several survey distribution methods called collectors. Every collector type has different settings that affect the survey-taking experience.

Survey creators may have their own privacy policies which apply to surveys that they create using our services and that detail how they handle your personally identifiable information.

  • We encourage you to read any such policy, or to contact the survey creator directly to ask them any questions about their privacy practices.
  • If the survey creator has not disclosed the collection method in the introduction of the survey, please contact them to verify if the response is anonymous.

Note that although survey creators may choose to collect responses anonymously, creators may still from include specific demographic survey questions that ask you for personally identifiable information. Review our Privacy Policy and how we handle respondents’ personal information.

Security

SurveyMonkey takes our users’ security and privacy concerns seriously. We strive to ensure that user data is kept secure, and that we collect only as much personal data as is required to make our users’ experience with SurveyMonkey as efficient and satisfying as possible. We also aim to collect data in the most unobtrusive manner possible. We aim to be transparent about our security infrastructure and practices to help reassure you that your data is sufficiently protected. For more details, see our Security Statement.

If the URL of your survey begins with https://, your survey responses are sent over a secure, SSL encrypted connection. Whether a survey offers this depends on whether the survey creator has enabled this feature.

It's up to each survey creator to decide to collect responses anonymously or to capture respondents’ personal information. URLs beginning with https:// are sent via SSL encryption. Read our Privacy Policy and Security Statement for more details.