How the internet tricks you out of privacy using ‘dark patterns’ of design

The padlock is the internet’s talisman of privacy and safety.

It’s in the corner of your browser when you have a secure website connection. It appears on a Twitter protected profile. It indicates where to find Facebook’s privacy settings.

But in the words of Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, “I do not think it means what you think it means”.

Or so said Woodrow Hartzog, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University in the United States.

Deceptive design nudges, tricks and goads you into sharing more than you might intend to online, Professor Hartzog argues in his new book, Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies.

And when you think you’re in control of your own data, you rarely are. ..Read More..

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