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Commonplace GDPR statement

Posted by  Fee Schmidt-Soltau 

All Commonplaces are GDPR compliant. On a project level, we achieve this through the following:

  1. The first time respondents contribute, we explain clearly which organisations are behind the Commonplace project and what their roles are.
  2. For any personal information that is shared, we clearly state which organisation can see this information and explain why it is relevant to the engagement and how this information may be used.
  3. All communication options are clearly defined and optional opt-ins. Project stakeholders can only contact respondents based on the consents that they have given. The granular communication options include:
    • Commonplace news
    • Responses to comments
    • External newsletter
    • Other communications that can be defined on a per Commonplace basis e.g. participation in future research.
    • Being told about new Commonplaces in the area people live
  4. Every contributor has a profile page where they can see their consents, withdraw or modify them, for all Commonplaces they have contributed or subscribed to.
  5. All contributors have the right to see, update, delete or download their data that Commonplace holds on them. The Commonplace profile lets respondents exercise this right easily.
  6. We are committed to reduce the risk for our customers. Administrators on a Commonplace cannot download any personal data which includes identifiers or sensitive information. This protects both our customers and contributors.
  7. Data will be pseudo-randomised so it is only usable for statistical purposes after projects are concluded.
  8. Commonplace provides specific instructions to customers for authoring and using paper forms.


Learn more about changes, new tools added and our updated privacy policy.


On an organisational level we are committed to the same standards. Everyone receiving our industry newsletter has opted in and all our communications include an unsubscribe link in case one changes their mind.

Posted by Fee Schmidt-Soltau

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