Impulse by Anna Biselli,, and Dr. Otmar Lell, ConPolicy, on fair and consumer-oriented online designCDR impulse on cookie consent on June 7, 2023

Consumers move in the digital space within decision-making architectures set by website operators – mostly companies. To what extent consumers have a choice at all, whether they are steered in the direction of a decision option and what consequences are associated with which decision – all this depends on the design of the online interfaces by the website operators. This is particularly evident in the example of cookie consent. Here, consumers are often pressured by various design elements (deceptive designs and dark patterns) into agreeing to the setting of cookies and the use of their personal data for various purposes, especially for personalized advertising, even though this does not correspond to their actual intention. 

Therefore, the question of fair, user-friendly online interfaces will be the topic of a CDR Impulse, an online discussion event as part of the CDR initiative sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection. Anna Biselli, Co-Editor-in-Chief of, will speak on the topic 'From Dark to Good Patterns in Online Design', Dr. Otmar Lell, Project Manager at the ConPolicy Institute for Consumer Policy, will present proposals for a fair and consumer-oriented cookie design based on the Cookie Initiative moderated by ConPolicy. 

The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on June 7, 2023. The registration form for the event can be found here.