01 May Computer Science Expert Warns Against “Dark Patterns” of Privacy
Woodrow Hartzog, a law and computer science professor at Northeastern University, recently warned of “dark patterns” that online companies use to make users feel safe so that they will engage more willingly, risking their privacy in the process.
In his new book called “Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies”, Hartzog says that companies like Google and Facebook use “dark patterns”, which are design choices that obscure the true intentions of an app, online platform, or website.
The professor adds that these dark patterns mislead users, often to believe that they are in control of their own data.
Source: ABC AU