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How to create a "locked" interactive PDF?

I'm trying to create an interactive PDF form in which the user can type in his/her *personal medical information* directly into the PDF, click a "check box" (next to legal language to act as his/her signature), click "submit", and the form will be emailed back to me. However, due to privacy laws, <b>I do NOT want the capability to edit the user's completed fields after I've received the user's form.</b>

I've successfully used Adobe Professional to create the form with text fields, a "reset" button, a "check box" (in addition to legal language) to act as the user's signature, and a "submit" button, <b>but my concern is that upon receiving the completed forms, I still have the capability to edit the user's information in the text fields</b> (with the exception of the check box feature which for some reason, once it's checked, cannot be unchecked unless the user clicks the "reset" button on the form).

<b>MY QUESTION IS: How do I make an interactive PDF form "locked" to all users (including the form author) after the user completes & submits the form? </b>

Also, I'll mention that I already know about the "digital signature" feature, but that's not an option for me since many of my users would not have that function set up on their computer (or they would become thoroughly confused by it! Happy).

Thanks in advance!

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Just sharing how someone else solved it.

They put it on a web page that had a submit button. Said button would fire up some software on the server to create the final locked pdf.

Minor programming skills are required and maybe a little IT experience.


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Do you know the name of that software that creates the locked PDF?


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