SurveyMonkey API Developer Terms
VERSION DATE: 5/31/2017
Thanks for your interest in using SurveyMonkey’s API! We’re glad to make our API available to you, the developer, so that you can create engaging applications for SurveyMonkey users that build on the SurveyMonkey platform.
Please take the time to review this document. It provides some ground rules you need to know before you get started. In general, we aspire to create a vibrant ecosystem for SurveyMonkey’s users which provide them with more ways to leverage their surveys while respecting their data privacy rights and other interests.
These Terms are a living document and may be changed by SurveyMonkey at any time. We will post all changes online, and may notify you by email if we regard the changes as significant and material.
1. USING THE API
1.1. Use Subject to Terms. Your use of the API and any API Content (including use of the API through a third party application that uses the API) is subject to compliance with these Terms. SurveyMonkey grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license (without the right to sublicense) to: (a) use the API solely as necessary to develop, test, operate and support your App using certain API Content accessed via the API; and (b) distribute or allow access to your integration of the API within your App to end users of your App. You may not sell, rent or redistribute access to the API or any API Content to any third party without SurveyMonkey’s prior written approval.
2. DEVELOPER ACCOUNTS
2.1. Developer Account. Usage of the API is limited to owners of a SurveyMonkey account (“Developer Account”). After creation of your Developer Account, you may create applications, for which you will receive access credentials (“Access Credentials”). Keep your Access Credentials secure and confidential, as you are solely responsible for any activities occurring under your Developer Account.
2.2. Restrictions. You may open multiple Developer Accounts, but we may close your accounts if we regard that you have opened an excessive number of them.We may also close your accounts if we believe that you have created multiple accounts to bypass API call limits or restrictions. If your Developer Account is suspended, you must not attempt to circumvent such suspension by registering for a new Developer Account. You may not open a Developer Account if you are a competitor of SurveyMonkey.
2.3. Access Tokens and Credentials. If we issue an Access Token for your App, you may only use that Access Token with that specific App, and cannot use that Access Token with any other application. We may also issue crendentials for your App. You may not sell, trade, or give your Access Token or credentials to any third party without our prior written consent. You will take reasonable measures to safeguard Access Tokens and credentials from unauthorized use or access.
3. PRINCIPLES OF USER RESPECT
Our goal is to ensure a great experience for our Users. We treat our Users and their data with respect, so we expect our API developers to do the same.
3.1 Respect User Data. Your App must use User data in a way that the User expects. Avoid surprising Users by clearly describing what you are doing with their data. Obtain their permission before performing actions on their data, such as:
- editing survey data
- disclosing survey data to third parties
- using survey data in a way not expressly instructed
- editing survey questions or survey settings
- distributing surveys
- closing surveys
- altering account settings
- taking an account action on a User’s behalf
3.2. Don’t Mislead Users. Your App must not be presented in a way which misleads Users. For example, your App must not:
- be publicized in a way which is misleading to Users
- use logos or trademarks in a manner that misleads or confuses
- impersonate a third party without their authorization
- link to spam or malware sites or use shortened URLs to mask destinations in a misleading way
3.3. Don’t Encourage Bad Behavior. Your App must not induce your Users to act in an inappropriate or illegal manner. Specifically, you must not:
- facilitate or encourage the infringement of intellectual property
- facilitate or encourage the publishing of a third party’s private or confidential information
- encourage collection of information we don’t allow users to collect (like social security numbers, credit card numbers and passwords)
- encourage publishing of links to illegal or malicious content (including age restricted content to minors)
4. APP REQUIREMENTS
4.2. Disconnection. You will make it easy for Users to disconnect or disassociate their account from your App, and you will not hide or obscure such functionality.
5. APP RESTRICTIONS
5.1. Category Restrictions. The following types of Apps are not permitted to use the API:
- Apps which are not related to facilitating surveys (e.g. you may not use SurveyMonkey as an email service provider to send out non-survey content).
- Apps which attempt to replicate core functionality of SurveyMonkey’s survey tools, such as an App which white-labels SurveyMonkey’s services.
- Apps which facilitate the exporting of API Content for importation into a SurveyMonkey competitor’s product or service.
5.2. Presentation Restrictions. Your App cannot replicate, frame or mirror the SurveyMonkey website or its design.
5.3. Functionality Restrictions. Your App may not:
- Crawl or datamine the API Content without each relevant User or Users’ consent
- Use the API to monitor the availability, performance or functionality of any SurveyMonkey products or services, or for other benchmarking or competitive purposes
- Alter, remove, replace or mask any aspect of a SurveyMonkey survey without SurveyMonkey’s prior written consent
- Be used in a way which lets Users circumvent any restrictions or limitations placed on their account due to the type of SurveyMonkey subscription plan they have (for example, the limitation on the number of survey responses that can be viewed by a User on a free subscription plan).
6. TECHNICAL RESTRICTIONS
6.1. API Call Limits. SurveyMonkey may impose limits on the number of API calls in any given period that your App is permitted to make. Public Apps and Private Apps may be subject to different limitations. If we impose such limits, we may describe them on our website. If you exceed the quantity of API calls you had purchased as specified in your order form, SurveyMonkey may charge additional fees for the excess. Unused API calls will not roll over to the next period.
6.2. Excessive Use. Abusive or excessive use of the API (as determined by SurveyMonkey) may result in the temporary suspension or termination of your access to the API. If your use of the API is likely to generate a volume of API calls materially in excess of what an average API developer would generate, or above the limits for your particular App, please contact us first and we may be able to agree to an arrangement in relation to your proposed use case.
6.3 Other Technical Limitations. Other technical restrictions imposed on Apps are:
- If you provide an application programming interface that uses the API to return the data of Users, you may only return Users’ usernames or unique identification numbers. You must pull all other User data by using the API.
- You may not use the API to aggregate, cache or store any place or geographic location information contained in API Content.
7. LEGAL RESTRICTIONS
7.1. Stay on the Right Side of the Law. Your App and your App’s use of the API must comply with all applicable laws, regulations and rules. Your App must not engage in (and must not facilitate) spamming, phishing or linking to illegal content. It is your responsibility to be familiar with, and abide by, the laws that apply to you.
8. SURVEYMONKEY BRAND ASSETS
8.1. Use of SurveyMonkey Brand Assets. SurveyMonkey’s name, logo, and other trademarks (“Marks”) are valuable brand assets of SurveyMonkey. We love that you may want to splash SurveyMonkey’s name around in conjunction with your spiffy Apps, but please only do so in accordance with the rules in this section. SurveyMonkey may publish brand use or trademark use guidelines from time to time on our website, including as part of our Brand and Trademark Use Policy, and use of SurveyMonkey’s Marks will be subject to all such guidelines. All goodwill arising out of or related to the use of the SurveyMonkey Marks by you shall inure to the benefit of SurveyMonkey.
8.2. No Endorsement. You may not use SurveyMonkey’s Marks in a way that creates a sense of affiliation, endorsement, or sponsorship by SurveyMonkey, unless you have SurveyMonkey’s express written permission to do so. Your Apps must be clearly labeled as your own, and not SurveyMonkey’s. While you may use SurveyMonkey’s name to indicate that your App integrates with or is compatible with SurveyMonkey, or that SurveyMonkey was the source of the API Content, you may not label your product as a SurveyMonkey product or use the SurveyMonkey logo as part of your own logo. You may not use SurveyMonkey’s Marks as part of the name of your company or of any App or other product or service created by you.
8.3. Proprietary Notices. You may not remove, modify or obfuscate any proprietary notices or marks on the API or in any API Content you obtain.
9.1. Fees. Access to the API for a basic level of API calls is currently provided at no additional fee apart from any applicable fees for your SurveyMonkey account. Contact Sales at SurveyMonkey for higher API call limit tiers.
10. MORE LEGAL TERMS
10.1. Limited License to Your Content. You grant SurveyMonkey a worldwide, royalty free license to use, reproduce, distribute, modify, adapt, create derivative works, make publicly available, and otherwise exploit your copyrights, trademarks, patents, publicity, moral, database, and/or other intellectual property rights in and to your App, but only for the limited purposes of promoting and marketing SurveyMonkey, our API, and any API content in any media. This license also extends to any trusted third parties we work with.
10.2. Integration Directory. SurveyMonkey may include and promote your application in our integration directory of applications for SurveyMonkey users that have been developed by developers. Notwithstanding your application appearing in the integration directory, you agree that SurveyMonkey may for any reason demote or remove it from the integration directory.
10.3. Suspension and Termination. SurveyMonkey will endeavor to warn you if there is an issue with your App’s compliance with these Terms, or a compliance issue with the manner in which you are accessing the API, so that you can attempt to remedy the problem. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if SurveyMonkey believes that you have violated these terms or are accessing or using the API in any way that SurveyMonkey regards as abusive, or that causes liability or detriment to SurveyMonkey, SurveyMonkey may immediately, and without notice, suspend or terminate your access to the API, your Developer Account, and any API Content. SurveyMonkey may terminate these Terms for any reason, with or without notice to the email address associated with your Developer Account. You may terminate these Terms for any reason by ceasing to access the API, ceasing to use any API Content, and canceling your Developer Account.
10.4. Consequences of Termination. Upon termination of these Terms, you will cease accessing the API and will delete all API Content. Sections 2.2 (Restrictions), 8 (SurveyMonkey Brand Assets), 10.2 (Consequences of Termination), and 10.5 (IP Ownership) to 10.11 (Terms for Non-U.S. Developers) will survive the termination of these Terms.
10.5. Cooperation. You agree to assist SurveyMonkey, at its request, to verify compliance with these Terms by providing us with information about your App, including providing us with access to it and/or other materials related to your use of the API.
10.6. Modifications and Support. SurveyMonkey may provide you with support for the API in our sole discretion. SurveyMonkey may modify the API at any time without notice or liability to you. If you continue to access the API after such modifications, such act will be deemed your acceptance of the modifications.
10.7. IP Ownership. You acknowledge that SurveyMonkey and its Users retain all worldwide rights, title and interest (including intellectual property rights) in and to the API Content. You acknowledge that SurveyMonkey or its licensors retain all rights, title and interest (including intellectual property rights) in and to the API and the SurveyMonkey Marks (and any derivative works or enhancements). You shall not do anything inconsistent with such ownership. Rights not expressly granted by these Terms are reserved by SurveyMonkey.
Subject to the foregoing, you retain all worldwide rights, title and interest (including intellectual property rights) in and to your App. If you provide SurveyMonkey with any feedback or comments concerning the API or API Content, you agree that SurveyMonkey may use, reproduce, license, distribute and exploit in any other way, such feedback or comments.
10.8. Similar or Competitive Products or Services. You acknowledge that SurveyMonkey may independently develop, or have developed for it by other parties, products or services that are similar to or otherwise compete with your App, and nothing in these Terms will be construed against that.
10.9. Disclaimer of Warranties. ACCESS TO THE API AND THE API CONTENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITH NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF ANY KIND AND SURVEYMONKEY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AVAILABILITY, SECURITY, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME API FEATURES MAY BE EXPERIMENTAL AND UNTESTED. SURVEYMONKEY DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE API IS FREE OF INACCURACIES, ERRORS, BUGS, OR INTERRUPTIONS, OR ARE RELIABLE, ACCURATE, COMPLETE, OR OTHERWISE VALID. YOUR USE OF THE API AND API CONTENT IS AT YOUR RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE THAT RESULTS FROM USE OF THE API, INCLUDING FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEMS OR LOSS OF DATA. WHILE SURVEYMONKEY STRIVES TO MAKE THE API AVAILABLE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION, SURVEYMONKEY DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE API WILL ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE AND DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY GUARANTEES AS TO SERVICE LEVELS.
10.10. Indemnity. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless SurveyMonkey, its affiliates, and their directors, officers, employees and agents, from and against any third party claim, losses, damages, suits, judgments, liability, and litigation costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from or related to your use of the API or the API Content or your violation of these Terms.
10.11. Limitation of Liability. YOU AGREE THAT SURVEYMONKEY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF SURVEYMONKEY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF THE API OR THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS THAT ACCESS API CONTENT. IN ANY EVENT, SURVEYMONKEY’S AGGREGATE, CUMULATIVE LIABILITY TO YOU ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS WILL NOT EXCEED US$100.00.
10.12. General. If any provision of these Terms is determined to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, such provision shall be deemed severable and the remainder of these Terms shall remain in full force and effect. The failure by SurveyMonkey to enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of that provision or of any other provision of these Terms. You agree that you, and not SurveyMonkey, is responsible for determining which laws may apply to your use of the API and the API Content and assessing your obligations under such laws. These Terms comprise the entire agreement between you and SurveyMonkey with respect to its subject matter and supersede any prior or contemporaneous understandings, representations and other communications (written or oral) between you and SurveyMonkey.
10.13. Terms for U.S. Developers. If you are located in the United States, these Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, without reference to its conflicts of law rules, and the parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in that State.
10.14. Terms for Non-U.S. Developers.If you are located outside of the United States, these Terms shall be governed by the laws of Ireland, and the parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ireland in relation to any claim arising under or in connection with these Terms which cannot be solved through a mutually agreed conciliation procedure.
“Access Token” means a token that permits your App to access or modify data in a User’s account.
“API” means the application programming interface and associated code, tools, documentation and related material that SurveyMonkey provides to you in relation to its online survey platform.
“API Content” means any content made available to you through use of the API.
“App” or “Application” means a software application, website, product or service that you create or offer.
“Access Credentials” means the security keys, secrets, tokens, passwords, usernames and other identifiers and credentials used to access the API.
“Developer Account” means the account for which you are required to register in order to obtain the Access Credentials and access to the API.
“SurveyMonkey”means SurveyMonkey Inc. if you are located in the United States and SurveyMonkey Europe UC if you are located elsewhere.
“Terms” means these SurveyMonkey API Developer Terms
“User” means a SurveyMonkey user or a user of your Application that uses the API.
Jul 22, 2013 updates to Feb 14, 2013 version:
- Added provisions relating to Access Tokens and secret keys.
Jan 1, 2015 updates to Jul 22, 2013 version:
- Changed contracting entity from our old Luxembourg entity (SurveyMonkey Europe Sarl) to our Irish entity (SurveyMonkey Europe).
Nov 29, 2016 updates to Jan 1, 2015 version:
- Changed contracting entity from our old Irish entity (SurveyMonkey Europe) to our new entity (SurveyMonkey Europe UC).
Jan 10, 2017 updates to Nov 29, 2016 version:
- Clarified that SurveyMonkey may charge for API calls that reach certain limits and these fees and quantities will be specified in the developer’s order form. Also clarified that unused API calls do not roll over to the next period.
- Added a license grant to developer's intellectual property rights for the limited purpose of SurveyMonkey's promotional activities.
- Clarified when a developer's App may appear in our integration directory.
Mar 28, 2017 updates to Jan 10, 2017 version:
- Revise brand and trademark use guidelines.
May 31, 2017 updates to March 28, 2017 version:
- Clarified SurveyMonkey may independently develop similar or competitive products or services.