Deceptive Design – Dark Patterns Beyond the Interface | Privacy Engineering & Technology Education Discussion (PETed) Recording

Join our IOPD Privacy Engineering & Technology Education Discussion (PETed) Series! The format of the webinar will be a recorded 10-minute introduction followed by a 40-minute informal discussion and interaction with members of the IOPD. The goal will be a discussion on how to solve a specific privacy problem or privacy related resource topic and the latest implementation techniques for some of the biggest challenges like synthetic data, zero-knowledge proofs, homomorphic encryption, and translucent databases.

The participants will be asked to bring questions related to the topic. Come back the fourth Thursday of every month for a new discussion, new speaker, and new insights on the most cutting-edge privacy challenges!


Date & Time:

March 28, 2024 @ 1:00 PM EDT / 6:00 PM CET



Deceptive Design – Dark Patterns Beyond the Interface



Join us for a riveting exploration into the murky waters of  ‘dark patterns’, those cunning design strategies that steer us away from our true intentions online. Unravel the complexities of how these deceptive practices not only compromise our autonomy but also our wallets, as we delve into the realms of consumer and data protection laws. With a keen eye on the European Union’s regulatory landscape, Dr Leiser will dissect how current legislation like the General Data Protection Regulation, the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive and the new Digital Services Act is being outmanoeuvred by Big tech and ponder the necessary evolution of laws to curb these manipulative designs that lurk behind every click. From sneaky sign-ups to misleading layouts, learn how to spot these digital traps and the legal mechanisms at our disposal to combat them. This talk is a clarion call for a more informed and vigilant digital citizenship in an age where technology’s reach is ubiquitous, and its influence, undeniable.


Lessons Learned:

The talk is a clarion call for a multi-faceted approach to combating dark patterns, combining legal reform, education, and ethical design principles to safeguard digital citizenship in an increasingly manipulative digital landscape.


Pre-Webinar Resources:



Dr M.R. (Mark) Leiser
Dr M.R. Leiser is a regulatory theorist specialising in Digital, Legal, and Platform Regulation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Department of Transnational Legal Studies, Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute). In his research and lecturing, he focuses on law and digital technologies related to deceptive design, dark patterns, consumer protection, and the use and regulation of AI and digital technologies. Alongside the running of the website, he has published 30 pieces of academic work, and several book chapters on AI, company law, deceptive design, and data protection matters. He is a sought-after public speaker and has presented his findings to the UN, the EU Parliament, the Council of Europe, and various regulators.



Andrei Dumitru

After working more than ten years in the IT department of an International Organization, I focused in the last years on privacy and data protection. I think privacy is a fundamental right that cannot exist today without computer security so I am always searching to find a balance between both and see how privacy can be embedded into technology. I am particularly interested in privacy by design and dark patterns, and always curious to see how privacy is integrated (or not) in current products and services.


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