I recently applied for a job and included in the electronic application pack was an Equal Opportunities monitoring form. I have filled these in before, but always on a piece of paper which is then put in a sealed, unmarked envelope and seen by one person after I have been recruited. This was an electronic form and as I filled out details about my age, marital status, sexuality, gender and race, I did wonder where it was going in the internet ether. Can I politely refuse to fill these in until I have been offered a job in future? What is best practice with these forms? Many thanks!