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Please check out the conversation I had with Alexandra Ross and Elena Elkina about dark patterns.

A “dark pattern” is a term coined in 2010 by  Harry Brignull, who defined it as “a user interface that has been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills.” The California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) defines a “dark pattern” as  “a user interface designed or manipulated with the substantial effect of subverting or impairing user autonomy, decision-making, or choice, as further defined by regulation.”

Elena is a co-founder of Aleada Consulting, a woman and minority owned privacy consulting firm in Silicon Valley which helps clients a wide array of important privacy matters (data mapping, DPIAs, DSARs, compliance with HIPAA, CCPA, GDPR, etc.). Alexandra is Director, Senior Data Protection, Use & Ethics Counsel at Autodesk. She is also the founder of The Privacy Guru.

For more background about dark patterns, please see my recent post for Dark Patterns Reading List and Resources. In this post, I provide a list of useful articles, writings, websites, videos, and other resources on dark patterns.

Also check out Elena’s blog post about dark patterns and the CPRA: New Privacy Regulations – California’s Dark Patterns Ban


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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based privacy and data security training. He also posts at his blog at LinkedIn, which has more than 1 million followers.

Professor Solove is the organizer, along with Paul Schwartz, of the Privacy + Security Forum an annual event designed for seasoned professionals. 

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