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Today we kick off the 4th Interdisciplinary Summer Schoool on Privacy (Nijmegen) w marvelous participants &
@moniekbuijzen & co.
as instructors
Second day continues with a lecture by Gloria González Fuster presenting “Dark Transparency Patterns”
“I will talk about law, and not ethics, law, but specifically European Union law; and about data protection law and not privacy.”
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Attention: If you are interested in #DarkPatterns (manipulative UX interfaces) or #Sludge (evil nudges), Jamie Luguri and I have an eye-opening new paper for you. (1/12)…
As best we can tell it’s the first publicly available research to test experimentally how effective dark patterns are at manipulating consumers into signing up for services they do not want. (2/12)
In a lot of ways this paper is the next shoe to drop after @arunshemathur, @random_walker, @ineffablicious, @jonathanmayer & co-authors’ fabulous study demonstrating the prevalence of Dark Patterns (3/12)
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Study on 'cookie banners' finds that in August 2018 less than 5 percent of the 5,000 most popular websites in the EU provided a visible 'choice' to *decline* extensive data sharing with third-party companies (based on analyzing a sample of 1,000 notices) #gdpr #enforcement #fail
What surprises me is that still 6-8% of users go through the trouble of deselecting *several* options despite the use of #darkpatterns. More than I expected.

Anyway, if opting into non-preticked 'categories' would be enforced, almost no one would opt in.
My take on this:

If almost no one would opt in, cookie banners would disappear.

Websites & other services may then try to take the 'sell your data or pay' route. They shouldn't be allowed to.

As a consequence, some of them may then stop providing services without payment, yes.
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I've been hearing a lot about #darkpatterns lately. Even if you don't know the term, you know what they are: Techniques that nudge you to buy something or sign up or provide your data when you otherwise wouldn't. Think of hidden "unsubscribe" buttons. 1/…
We've long had anecdotal examples. But now, researchers at @PrincetonCITP are trying to quantify just how prevalent these #darkpatterns are — and guess what? They're pretty prevalent! 2/
Some of the examples of #darkpatterns are ... something else. The site ThredUp uses social cues like "Abigail from Albuquerque just saved $22 on her order." But @aruneshmathur spotted that Abigail, Albuquerque and the dress shown were combined from this javascript list. 🤔 3/
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UX needs a code of ethics. Do no harm. It’s a travesty what UXers will do for a paycheck. Otherwise
#DarkPatterns need to be regulated out of existence by consumer protection law as a deceptive practice. #DETOURact
New to #DarkPatterns? A student of mine, Sweksha Sinha, wrote a primer this past semester. Looks like @turbotax might be employing a sophisticated implementation of a “bait-and-switch” + “hidden-cost” dark pattern hybrid.…
Banning #DarkPatterns isn’t out of the realm of possibility as loot boxes and pay-to-win for games aimed at minors are mechanics on the chopping block.…
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New Release: A digital edition of collected work from this semester. Featuring critical investigations on Surveillance, Privacy, and Power from @parsonsdesign @thenewschool students exploring Dark Architecture, Data Exhaust, and the Quantified Self.
Part 1: “By nature, the architecture of visual and digital surveillance is a black-box.” On #DarkPatterns, FB’s privacy policy, true confessions of SalesForce workers, privacy’s gender bias, and potential abuse of #aadhaar biometric data.
From #DarkData…
Part 2. “If the 20th Century was the fossil fuel era, the 21st century is the era of data; data has replaced oil as the commodity that drives the economy.” On visualizing cookies, the digital afterlife, being extremely online, and surrendering to Google.…
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You might not have heard of a “dark pattern,” but chances are you’ve seen these annoying, manipulative designs trying to trick you into clicking, buying, or signing up for something you don’t want. Today I introduced the DETOUR Act with @SenatorFischer to do something about them.
These techniques range from mildly annoying to deeply insidious. Here are some examples of #DarkPatterns you may have seen online:
Ever run into a bunch of contradictory checkboxes that try to trick you into signing up for someone’s email list? That’s a dark pattern.
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Today in "Fucked Government Workflows" - adding a child to @SAHealth's Ambulance cover. It says I have to to make him covered.. well lets just go to the website... I hope there's no #DarkPatterns!
I know, I'll click the big fuckoff "Ambulance Cover" button that takes me to here…
Nope, absolutely nothing on this page that tells me how to update my details, but it sure tells me I'm responsible for it and i get a *whole month* to tell them about a new kid. golly gee!

Maybe I'm looking in the wrong most obv place? How about "forms"? it's not on the FAQ page
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