Tracking & Identifying Respondents Using Their IP-address
Collecting the IP-address from participants may have analytical values. For example, it may enable you to identify whether one person has participated in the same survey several times to affect the results.
To address this need, we have implemented a feature called “Collect IP-address“.
Turning this setting ON, enables storing the IP-addresses of your participants along with the collected data. To comply with the GDPR regulation this setting is off by default and our system does not collect any IPs. If you turn this ON for analytical purposes, remember that your respondents will not have any way to know that you are collecting their IPs (personal information). Therefore, you must explain to them your reasons and get their consent, according to the GDPR.
Keep in mind that IP-addresses are considered as personal data, particularly by the European law. Therefore collection of IP-addresses without asking for permission from the respondents makes your questionnaire none-compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)!
If you want to enable this feature, we strongly recommend you to obtain consent from your respondents. Learn more about obtaining consent from respondents.
How are IP-addresses shown to you
There are two ways you can see the IP addresses.
In exported data
One of them is when you export your collected data, like the example below.
|Did you come to our seminar last week?||How satisfied are you with the following aspects of the seminar?||What is your current position?||…||IP|
* The above data are fake.
The above table shows an example of a downloaded spreadsheet file. First row shows survey questions, and each of the next rows represent one respondent. When you download a spreadsheet of your survey responses, you will see each respondent’s IP-address too, if this feature is enabled.
In “Individual responses” view
The other way is by going to the individual responses view. The IP-addresses are stated for each respondent, under the Metrics tab.
The illustration above shows an example of what is shown under the Metrics tab in the Individual Responses view. Note how IPs and External IDs are shown to survey creators.
Does SurveyLegend collect IPs automatically?
No, to stay compliant with GDPR our system does not collect IP addresses by default; unless you enable this feature.
Are IP-addresses reliable identifiers?
Well, not 100%. If your respondent uses a VPN for instance, they may get a fake IP address, every time they open your survey link.
Also, if many people from the same network (for example students in a school library) opne your survey, all of them would have the same IP-addresses.
If you want to make sure that a respondent does not “cheat”, it’s a great idea to add an external ID to the survey link that you send to them. This will empower you to track how many times respondents have actually provided their feedback.
Learn more about making your surveys and forms compliant with GDPR.
Limiting number of participations
SurveyLegend also allows you to limit the number of participations. If this feature is enabled, a respondent can participate in a survey only one time, from the same browser. Read more about limiting number of participation in a survey here.