Thursday August 13, 2020

What we miss in plain sight

With the fallout from Cambridge Analytica still being assessed, Róisín Kiberd looks at the data privacy challenges that lie ahead with the GDPR

8th April, 2018
Dr Vivienne Mee, IT forensics and electronic discovery expert, and founder of VM Forensics Picture: Maura Hickey

There’s a video that a popular YouTuber called Nerdwriter1 uploaded recently, titled ‘How Dark Patterns Trick You Online’. It discusses the subtle yet coercive ways that UX design tricks us into giving away information online. The Nerdwriter uses Amazon’s homepage as an example, testing how easy it is to delete an Amazon account.

The answer is: not easy. The Nerdwriter, as he is known, passes through several menus, visiting...

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