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Set up consent subjects

At NationBuilder, we take data privacy very seriously, and we have some advanced privacy tools that you can use in addition to your existing ability to collect consent from your supporters. The first step (aside from turning on advanced privacy) is setting up consent options. Consents are what specific kinds of data processing and communication you'd like your supporters to opt into. NationBuilder records each person’s yes or no, and then you can utilize those responses to determine how you can use each person’s data.

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Set up consent subjects

First, you need to decide what kind of consent you'd like to gather from your community. It could be for data processing and/or communication, as well as the type of communication/tool use that consent involves, i.e. email, SMS (text), NationBuilder Match, etc. Choose your consents wisely! 

To set up consent, go to Settings > Privacy > Consents.

To create a new consent subject:

1. Give the consent a name, e.g. Email updates.

2. The slug will auto-populate to match the name you've chosen, you can change this if you wish.

3. Select the consent Processing Type (Email, SMS, Match or Cookie) via the dropdown menu.

Please note, you can also create consent that is general and not specifically mapped to the email/SMS/Match processing types. For example, if you'd like to gain consent for postal mail just give the consent a name/slug like "Postal mail" and click Create consent (without selecting a processing type).

4. Click Create consent .


Edit or delete a consent subject

You can edit a consent subject's name and processing type at any time from Privacy > Consents

Start by clicking on the pencilbutton next to the name of the consent subject you wish to edit.

Make your updates and then click Save consent .

To delete, click on the trash can  button. You can only delete consents that do not have any data associated with them, this means no saved filters for a consent subject, no forms that use the consent subject, and no users that have given a response to that consent subject. If the consent subject is being used in any of the ways just described, the trash can is disabled.


Turn on Advanced Privacy

How to run a re-permissioning campaign

How to use consent forms on your website

How to update your theme for consent forms

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