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Topic: #interface-design

How Design Nudges Users towards Consenting to Intrusive Surveillance


It's the familiar repertoire of malpractices: “opt-in” default settings; hidden settings, sometimes buried under layers of submenus; deceptive framing; unclear, incomplete, ambiguous, or deceptive wording of options; coupling choices with rewards (such as extra services and features) or punishments (such as threats of service constraints or loss of functionality); forced action; time pressure; wordy multipage advisories; lying.

“Deceived by Design: How Tech Companies Use Dark Patterns to Discourage Us from Exercising Our Rights to Privacy”
Forbrukerrådet, June 27, 2018

#privacy #interface-design #software-development

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created June 1, 2014 · last revised December 10, 2018