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NGI Forward Salon: Spotlight on Dark Patterns

May 26, 2021 @ 16:30 - 18:00

NGI Forward

Spotlight on Dark Patterns: What can the ePrivacy Regulation do?

Co-hosted by NGI FORWARD and the German Research Institute for Public Administration. Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für Öffentliche Verwaltung, FÖV “Dark Pattern Detection-Project (Dapde) funded by the German Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, and the Next Generation Internet initiative (NGI) of the European Commission.


At least since the entry into force of the GDPR, Dark Patterns seem to be all over the internet. Companies use interface designs to lead users to take decisions contrary to their actual interests. Consent banners appear to have become more and more loaded with Dark Patterns.

How could EU Member States and European law be able to limit the use of Dark Patterns? The proposed ePrivacy Regulation, set to replace the old ePrivacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC) and adapt it to the evolution of electronic communications, could provide a chance for the European legislator to take a stricter stance on Dark Patterns. However, different from, for example the new California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) of 2020, none of the current proposals for the Trilogue specifically addresses Dark Patterns. Thus, the question arises whether the new ePrivacy Regulation can and should limit the use of Dark Patterns.

The talk will bring together perspectives from consumer protection organizations, industry representatives and academics. The format will be a moderated podium discussion followed by questions from the audience.
The goal of the event is to discuss the phenomenon of Dark Patterns and how best to address it, in particular through regulation.


Quirin Weinzierl, Project Coordinator, Dapde


Carsten Berger, Quirin Weinzierl and Anton Kamke (FÖV Speyer) with Rob Van Kranenburg

The Salons reflect the views of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission but form part of the project’s overarching recommendations for the NGI and future European internet policy.


May 26, 2021
16:30 - 18:00
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