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Deceptive 'dark patterns' design rampant among world's websites, global privacy sweep finds

By Mike Swift
  • 10 Jul 2024 01:47
  • 10 Jul 2024 01:47
The vast majority of websites and apps are built with "deceptive design" features that threaten privacy by prompting people to turn over more personal data than they otherwise would, an unprecedented global review by more than 50 privacy and consumer protection regulators has found.
In a global privacy “sweep” that

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Mike Swift

Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent

Mike Swift is an award-winning journalist who has been at the forefront of covering data, privacy and cybersecurity regulatory news for more than a decade. As the Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent for MLex, in addition to reporting, he coordinates MLex’s worldwide coverage in the practice area. Formerly chief Internet reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and, Mike has covered Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies and has closely tracked technology and regulatory trends in Silicon Valley. He has wide ranging expertise from the business of professional sports to computer-assisted reporting. A former John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, he is a graduate of Colby College.

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