Creating an Anonymous Online Survey

Send out surveys anonymously and give your audience confidence to voice their opinions! An anonymous survey does not store IP addresses, location, or respondent meta data.

Steps to Create an Anonymous Survey

With this option marked, the IP address, location, date and time of a response, and browser information will not be logged for that collector type. This ensures a response cannot be tracked. This option cannot be undone for old responses, but can be removed at any time if you wish to disable the feature for future respondents.

If you include custom fields in your email invitations and have this option marked, those custom fields will be removed when you send your email invitations.

When to Use It

Generally when sending out employee related surveys, users will wish to keep respondent info anonymous. This gives users confidence in expressing their opinions, eliminating the fear of repercussions. IP addresses will not be logged with this feature and any email responses will show "Anonymous Response" once they complete their survey. All custom data attributes will be removed from the results.

If you undo this feature after survey responses have been collected, only future respondents will now show identifying information. Past respondents will still have their information retracted.

Journalists also like to use this feature when surveying high profile people such as sports coaches or political officials.

Taking an Anonymous Survey?

Rest assured, SurveyKing does not log any identifying information including your IP address or cookie information for anonymous surveys. If the survey was sent out via email, your email address and any personal information will not be available to the person creating your survey. Please note: if you enter your name or other identifying information in a question, this information would be viewable.

SurveyKing is one of the few companies to put a seal on the top of each anonymous survey. Any time you see this seal, the person who created the survey will not be able to identify you. (Provided you do not enter personal information on the form itself)

Best Practices

Use where identifying information could cause harm such as employee surveys. It is best to use this feature and keep it turned on as opposed to turning it on then turning it off. This will avoid any confusion on which respondents are anonymous or not.