Prying Eyes

Jul 2, 2018

Dark patterns: the tricks and traps used to lure you into handing over personal data

How do websites and apps make you buy or sign up for things that you didn't mean to? It’s duplicitous, but all too easy.

Stilgherrian — Technology writer and broadcaster

Stilgherrian

Technology writer and broadcaster

Online businesses want your personal data, and they’ll deploy every scam they know to trick you into handing it over -- and keep handing it over.

Take the micro-blogging site Tumblr, for example. When the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on May 25 this year, Tumblr let its users choose which advertising networks could access their data. But they listed all 350+ of them individually, so users had to untick them one by one — without  explaining who any of these companies were, or what they’d be doing with the data.

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