Welcome to the Instapage Support Center

|

Using a form checkbox field as a statement of consent

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies starting from 25 May 2018, when it supersedes all EU member states’ previous national data protection laws. Significant and wide-reaching in scope, the General Data Protection Regulation brings a 21st-century approach to data protection. It expands the rights of individuals to control how their personal information is collected and processed and places a range of obligations on organizations to be more accountable for data protection. 

Before collecting or storing user data under GDPR, you will need to request their explicit consent and explain why you need this information in plain language. The easiest way to do this is by adding a checkbox to your form.

Note: Consent requires a positive opt-in. You shouldn’t use pre-ticked boxes or any other method of default consent.

In order to add a way for your visitors to consent to their data being stored and/or processed, please click on your form, then Edit.

1.1.png

Now, click Add Field:

2.1.png

Select Checkbox from the available field options:

3.1.png

Personalize your checkbox:

  • Enter a title in the Field Label (we used GDPR Agreement in the example, but you can choose any other title);
  • Make sure the checkbox is a required field;
  • Hide the label of the field;
  • Delete the extra option, type in your desired text as the remaining option, then save the changes.

33.1.png

Note: GDPR comes with stricter rules for obtaining consent, which should be reflected on your pages. Follow these guidelines when preparing your statement of consent:

  • Consent must be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous.
  • A request for consent must be intelligible and in clear, plain language.
  • Silence, pre-ticked boxes, and inactivity will no longer suffice as consent.
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any time.
  • Consent for online services from a child under 13 is only valid with parental authorization.
  • Organisations must be able to evidence consent. 

Adding links to your statement of consent

For example, you would like your customers to see on your page a checkbox field that reads “I agree to the Data Storage and Data Processing Policies”, where Data Storage and Data Processing Policies is clickable and leads to a page with detailed policies. In this situation, you can use one of these methods to add a hyperlink to the statement of consent checkbox: 

  1. Add a paragraph with the checkbox text (select the text you want to hyperlink, click on the 123.png button from the edit bar next to the text, select Outside URL, and type or paste the link). Then, create a new checkbox and customize it:
    • Enter a title in the Field Label (we used GDPR Agreement in the example, but you can choose any other title);
    • Make sure the checkbox is a required field;
    • Hide the label of the field;
    • Delete the extra option, then delete the text from the remaining option (Option 1 in the example). Save the checkbox.

4.1.png

  • Now resize the paragraph created earlier and move it next to the new checkbox.

Note: You can move the form button if it overlaps with the checkbox text.

  1. You can add the HTML tags for the hyperlink directly in the checkbox text. For the example above, the text pasted in the checkbox option field would be:

I agree to the <a href="#" onClick="window.open('https://go.domain.com/policypage', '_blank')">Data Storage and Data Processing Policies</a>

Note: With this implementation method, you will need to change https://go.domain.com/policypage with your page’s URL.

5.1.png

Have more questions? Submit a request
Was this article helpful?
0 out of 0 found this helpful

Need Further Help?

Tell us what you need and we will be happy to assist you.

Our team of expert support staff and our community can answer your questions. Submit a ticket, or reach out on live chat!