Checkpoints - Do not use pre-ticked boxes in forms
Why is this important?
Pre-ticked boxes form boxes has caused issues from a consumer, data and privacy point of view. There are now regulations under the EU consumer rights directive as well as data protection laws that ban the use of pre-ticked form boxes altogether. While there may other uses for a pre-ticked form box it is better to use a default which is un-ticked to avoid any direct or indirect violation of these regulations.
How can I resolve this issue?
When using tick/check boxes in pages, leave the default to un-ticked.
What topics do this checkpoint affect?
Can you explain how this checkpoint works?
The checkpoint examines a page and reports an issue if within the <input> tag with the type as checkbox and the word 'checked' is found.