Captchas can be found on almost every website and are commonly used to defend against spam, bots, and other types of malicious traffic. The most popular Captcha provider is Google’s reCAPTCHA, which is used on many websites around the world.
There are alternatives to reCAPTCHA like hCaptcha that promise GDPR compliance and privacy for their users. While this may be true to an extent, these Captcha providers have one thing in common: They are either hosted in the US or at least US companies. This means it’s impossible to guarantee that data about your users will never leave the EU.
It’s therefore important to assess Captcha alternatives, specifically those that are based in the EU and don’t transfer any personal data into foreign jurisdictions. Without transferring data into foreign countries it’s a lot easier to comply with GDPR.
It’s accessible to many types of users because it never requires the user to manually solve a puzzle. It works by serving a unique cryptographic puzzle to each visitor which the browser can solve in the background. The difficulty of these puzzles is scaled dynamically based on different signals. This is different from the Invisible Captcha features of hCaptcha and reCAPTCHA who still require the user to manually solve a puzzle if they consider the user to be suspicious. This is not the case for Friendly Captcha.
Using reCAPTCHA on your website makes it hard to comply with GDPR and is therefore no longer a viable option for websites that have users in the EU. It’s therefore important to search for European Captcha alternatives that can be used in a GDPR compliant way and don’t transfer data to foreign countries like the US.
Friendly Captcha processes data in the EU and doesn’t save any personal information about your website’s users. It’s fully accessible and user friendly as it doesn’t require the user to manually solve a puzzle. Consequently, Friendly Captcha is the best solution for organizations that are looking for a GDPR compliant Captcha solution based in the EU.
If Friendly Captcha sounds like a good potential solution for your website and you want to experience it yourself, you can check out the live demo. You can find more information about Friendly Captcha and its high privacy standards in the Friendly Captcha Privacy Center.