“Dark Patterns:” Manipulative UX Design and the Role of Regulation

Free March 24 @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Overview

Join the Future of Privacy Forum in exploring manipulative UX designs and the role of regulation. “Dark patterns” are user interface design choices that benefit an online service by coercing, manipulating, or deceiving users into making unintended and potentially harmful decisions. As the regulation of dark patterns expands, from California’s CPRA to other state and federal privacy bills, we critically examine the ways in which manipulative interfaces can limit consumer choice, and ask whether neutral design is ever possible.

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Speakers

Dr. Jennifer King

Privacy & Data Policy Fellow, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Jennifer King is the Privacy and Data Policy Fellow at the Stanford University Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. An information scientist by training, Dr. King is a recognized expert and scholar in information privacy. She examines the public’s understanding and expectations of online privacy and the policy implications of emerging technologies. Her research sits at the intersection of human-computer interaction, law, and the social sciences, focusing on social media, genetic privacy, mobile platforms, the Internet of Things (IoT), and digital surveillance. Her scholarship has been recognized for its impact on policymaking by the Future of Privacy Forum, and she has been an invited speaker before the Federal Trade Commission at several Commission workshops. She was a member of the California State Advisory Board on Mobile Privacy Policies and the California State RFID Advisory Board.

Dr. Jennifer King’s presentation slides

Mihir Kshirsagar

Clinic Lead for Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy , Princeton University

Mihir joined CITP to run their first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary technology policy clinic that gives students and scholars an opportunity to engage directly in the policy process. Most recently, he served in the New York Attorney General’s Bureau of Internet & Technology as the lead trial counsel in cutting-edge matters concerning consumer protection law and technology and obtained one of the largest consumer payouts in the State’s history. Previously, he worked for Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Cahill Gordon Reindel LLP in New York City on a variety of antitrust, securities and commercial disputes involving emerging and traditional industries. Before law school he was a policy analyst at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C., educating policymakers about the civil liberties implications of new surveillance technologies. Mihir attended Deep Springs College and received an A.B. from Harvard College in 2000 and a law degree from the U Penn.

Tanya Forsheit

Partner and Chair, Privacy & Data Security Group, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz

Tanya Forsheit has advised on high-profile matters involving confidential data and other sensitive information for over 20 years. She represents multinational and emerging companies in the media, entertainment, consumer products, technology, advertising, health and wellness, and professional services industries, and serves as go-to outside privacy counsel for numerous organizations. She advises on the protection, processing and monetization of data, including matters related to interest-based advertising, privacy policies, mobile apps, cloud computing, smart devices, and data analytics. She has advised on hundreds of information technology deals and transactions on behalf of both service providers and enterprise purchasers, including multilayered AdTech and cloud computing agreements. She is routinely called upon to help clients respond to time-sensitive security events and has advised on hundreds of such incidents.

Stacey Gray

Senior Counsel, Future of Privacy Forum EIF

Stacey Gray, CIPP/US, is a Senior Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and leads FPF’s engagement on federal and state privacy legislation. This team supports policymaker education around emerging technologies and data-driven business models, and building consensus towards a comprehensive consumer privacy law in the United States.

Prior to leading FPF’s legislative engagement, she spent several years focusing on the privacy implications of data collection in online and mobile advertising, platform regulation, cross-device tracking, Smart Homes, and the Internet of Things. At FPF, she has authored FCC and FTC public filings, and published extensive work related to the intersection of emerging technologies and federal privacy regulation and enforcement. Stacey graduated from the University of Florida in 2010 with a B.S. in Biology and a specialization in biotechnology, and cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2015, during which she worked in privacy-related civil rights litigation as a law clerk for Victor M. Glasberg & Associates, and as a member of the civil rights division of the Institute for Public Representation.