ForbrukerrådetDeceived by design – How tech companies use dark patterns to discourage us from exercising our rights to privacy

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Release date:
June 2018

The Consumer Council of Norway, Forbrukerrådet

In this report, the Consumer Council of Norway (Forbrukerrådet) analyzes a sample of settings in Facebook, Google and Windows 10, and show how default settings and dark patterns, techniques and features of interface design meant to manipulate users, are used to nudge users towards privacy intrusive options.

The findings include privacy intrusive default settings, misleading wording, giving users an illusion of control, hiding away privacy-friendly choices, take-it-or-leave-it choices, and choice architectures where choosing the privacy friendly option requires more effort for the users.

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