How to Make your Online Survey Completely Anonymous

The main goal of an anonymous survey is to get true and honest responses. However, your participants will most probably not be able to verify that your survey is indeed anonymous and doubts regarding anonymity often lead to dishonest responses and skewed data.

This is why we offer an “Anonymous Survey” option that you can enable for each individual survey. Once activated, we will hide any data that might allow you to identify your participants (making your survey truly anonymous) and most importantly, we will officially label your questionnaire as anonymous. That way, we will confirm to your participants that your survey is indeed anonymous and that they can answer it truthfully.

Make your survey anonymous

To make your survey truly anonymous, you must activate the “Anonymous Survey” option in your survey settings. To add one more level of protection, this setting cannot be deactivated once it has been turned on.

Anonymous Survey Setting

Activated Anonymous Survey Setting

Once active, this setting cannot be deactivated again!

What happens once the Anonymous Survey setting is active?

Once enabled, we will show a label to your participants that officially confirms the anonymity of the survey. They will be able to click on the label and find out more information about how their identity is protected.

Anonymous Survey Label

Anonymous Survey Info

What is being done to make the survey anonymous?

We are hiding any information from you that could reveal the identity of a participant. Here is what will be enforced in your survey:

IP addresses
IP addresses will be hidden in all results.

GET parameters
Any GET parameter that you might have added to your survey links will be hidden in your results.

Meta data
Meta data of your participant’s browsers will also be hidden in your results.

Collectors
While you can still create and use multiple collectors to invite your participants, we will hide the collector name in the results. This also means that you will not be able to filter your results by collector name anymore.

Email Invitations
You will still be able to invite your participants by email with our Email Invite collector, however, we will hide the participation status for each email address (so you do not know who has participated yet). Additionally, when sending a reminder, you will not see who will receive a reminder message. You will only see the number of recipients that will be reminded.

Exceptions

Even though we are doing everything we can to make your survey responses as anonymous as possible, there are some things you need to look out for. We do not filter the actual answers of your participants. This means that if you have questions in your survey which ask for personal information, e.g. “Enter your name”, then of course you will know the identity of your participants.