Data Collection & Privacy Best Practices
Inform Respondents How You Handle Responses
It is always good to disclose your privacy practices to your respondents. Doing this helps to increase response rates by putting potential respondents more at ease.
Privacy statements should detail at least the following things:
- What personal information you are collecting: Identify whether you are collecting the responses anonymously, or if you're tracking respondents by email address, name, ticket number, etc. Outline the types of personal information the survey asks for.
- How you plan to use the responses: Why are you conducting your survey? What are you going to do with the survey results?
- Whether responses will be disclosed to anyone else: If you don’t want anyone to have access to your data, do not share your SurveyMonkey account with others and ensure that your survey is configured such that survey results are not public.
- How respondents can access their responses: Can respondents access their responses to correct their responses, or request that any personal information collected about them be deleted?
- How respondents can contact you: Include your email address.
Limit Collecting Personal Information
Collect only the minimum amount of personal information necessary to achieve your purposes. Avoid asking for sensitive information in your surveys.
Be Aware of Your Privacy Requirements
Many organizations are themselves regulated by data privacy laws and regulations, as well as internal policies. You should ensure that you are familiar with these, as you will be responsible for ensuring that your survey complies with these requirements.