INDUSTRIES, E-COMMERCE | The Global Privacy Enforcement Network on Deceptive Design Patterns

An international investigation was scheduled between 29 January 2024 and 2 February 2024 by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network on interfaces and user paths that attempt to influence individuals into making unconscious choices regarding the processing of their personal data (Deceptive Design Patterns), often leading to unwanted and potentially harmful outcomes, in favour of platforms and contrary to users’ interests. The investigation targets websites and apps, analysing indicators like text clarity and interface design, as well as identifying intrusive elements hindering user choices. Following the investigation, privacy authorities may conduct awareness campaigns, notify data controllers or take legal action.

Newsletter n. 93 – February 2024