News & articles about dark patterns and unethical design.

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Dark patterns: How air travellers are deceived into paying more needlessly – The Leaflet
Using various techniques of web design, collectively called dark patterns, airlines and online travel portals are manipulating air travellers into paying more than they would ideally like to. — THE pervasive issue of deceptive online practices in the aviation industry has come under increased scruti…
US House panel opens probe into proposed FTC car buyer rule
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. House committee said on Thursday it is investigating the Federal Trade Commission’s planned rules to require new consumer protections for car buyers that are sharply opposed by auto dealers. House Oversight Committee chair James Comer, a Republican, asked FTC Chair Lina…


Dozens of states sue Instagram, Meta over harm to youth mental health
Meta is facing state-led lawsuits over allegations of knowingly designing and deploying features on its platforms that harmed young users’ mental health. A bipartisan coalition of 32 bipartisan att…
Are your game monetisation techniques going to remain legal?
There has been a lot of activity recently from EU and UK legislators with each seeking to outdo the other with new laws…
FOCUS: "Dark patterns" deceiving online consumers in Japan
A growing number of online consumers are falling prey to subscription-based purchases without their consent or facing difficulties in canceling purchases due to the prevalence of deceptive web designs referred to as "dark patterns."
Tech group calls India’s proposed guidelines against dark patterns ‘regulatory overlap’ | TechCrunch
An industry group representing several major U.S. tech companies has opposed the Indian government’s proposal against dark patterns, which are used to Major U.S. tech companies have opposed the Indian government’s proposal against dark patterns, which are used to deceive online users.


Brits warned of ‘dark patterns’ used to trick you into paying more for flights
Tech experts have warned that booking companies are using tricks to pressure customers into paying more for flights by ramping up the perceived demand for specific tickets
Nintendo Facing Lawsuit Over ‘Immoral’ Loot Boxes In Mario Kart Tour
Nintendo isn’t immune from the backlash against loot boxes, and now a recently filed lawsuit claims the video game company...


How companies use dark patterns to keep you subscribed
Unsubscribing should be easy. It’s not.


The FTC wants to ban those tough-to-cancel gym and cable subscriptions
“We get countless complaints about this.”


5 Online Tricks Retailers Use to Manipulate Us
Here’s how retailers use “dark patterns” on their websites and apps to make us spend more and share private information with them.
Consumer Privacy Protection Act could lead to fines for deceptive designs in apps and websites
Whether or not Bill C-27 moves companies away from deceptive design in apps and websites depends on how, and if, the Canadian government holds companies accountable for their actions.


Fake countdown timers and constant nagging: The dark patterns websites use to manipulate you into buying
It sounds sinister and it can be: Unscruplous traders will stop at nothing to push consumers into making decisions that they wouldn’t otherwise make, writes John Hearne
The sneaky ways Instacart gets you to buy more stuff
Study finds Instacart uses more dark patterns than any other online grocery website, such as a countdown to get free delivery.
Retailer websites swept for ‘dark patterns’ by consumer watchdog
Manipulative trading practices push consumers to make choices they might not do otherwise
Amazon’s sales terms and delivery ‘dark patterns’ face probe in Poland
If you’ve ever made an Amazon order with a particular seller because the estimated delivery for the item appears to match when you need it, only to be frustrated when a different (later) delivery estimate appears after you’ve completed the payment process, this action by Poland’s competition and con…


Shining a light on the dark patterns that manipulate us daily
The latest episode of the For Tech’s Sake podcast examines the deceptive UX designs that dupe us all: dark patterns.
We need a law against ‘Dark Patterns’
Recently, Amazon was ordered by the European Union to simplify its process of cancelling Prime subscriptions for its users as they were being made to pass through numerous hurdles, including complicated navigation menus, confusing choices, and skewed wording to unsubscribe from Prime, Amazon’s fast-…
EU watchdogs agree on how to handle certain cookie consent dark patterns
Cookie consent banners that use blatant design tricks to try to manipulate web users into agreeing to hand over their data for behavioral advertising, instead of giving people a free and fair choice to refuse this kind of creepy tracking, are facing a coordinated pushback from the European Union’s d…
Half-a-Billion Fortnite Fine Starts Era of Regulating User Interfaces
With Epic Games in its crosshairs, the FTC demonstrates a newfound willingness to go after the manipulative power of interfaces.
Are dark patterns controlling your online experience?
The CEO of price comparison site Kelkoo explains how Big Tech companies influence consumer choice.
The traps of online shopping are hiding in plain sight
Few things are actually scarce on the internet — but marketers don’t want you to know that.

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