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What’s that illumination you see just ahead? It’s the FTC’s virtual workshop Bringing Dark Patterns to Light, beginning this morning at 10:30 Eastern Time. You can watch the webcast from a link on the event page, which will go live minutes before the start.

Bringing Dark Patterns to Light will focus on interface designs used on websites and apps that can have the effect – intentionally or unintentionally – of obscuring, subverting, or impairing consumer autonomy, decision-making, or choice. Experts will discuss the practical implications of dark patterns, including their impact on consumers and the marketplace.

FTC staff will be live tweeting, using the hashtag #DarkPatternsFTC. We’re leaving the public record open until May 29, 2021. Save a step and file your public comment online.

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