Dark Patterns Bill

Bloomberg:

Two U.S. senators introduced a bipartisan bill that would ban “manipulative” design features and prompts that let large websites such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google or Facebook Inc. “trick consumers into handing over their personal data.”

… In addition to making it illegal for large platforms “to design, modify, or manipulate a user interface with the purpose or substantial effect of obscuring, subverting, or impairing user autonomy, decision-making, or choice to obtain consent or user data,” the bill would prohibit dividing up consumers to perform behavioral experiments without their consent and would stop designs that are meant “to create compulsive usage among children.”

April 10, 2019