NGI Forward Salon Dark Patterns and the ePrivacy Regulation: 
Putting the Spotlight on the Current Proposals’ Blind Spot?

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NGI Forward Salon Dark Patterns and the ePrivacy Regulation: 
Putting the Spotlight on the Current Proposals’ Blind Spot?
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3/05/2021 – 10:30

May 26, 2021 @ 16:30-18:00 Europe/Brussels Timezone

NGI Forward Salon Dark Patterns and the ePrivacy Regulation: 
Putting the Spotlight on the Current Proposals’ Blind Spot?
With Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für Öffentliche Verwaltung, FÖV

Co-hosted by the German Research Institute for Public Administration’s “Dark Pattern Detection-Project (Dapde)“, which is funded by the German Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, and the Next Generation Internet initiative (NGI) of the European Commission.

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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. Particularly consent banners appear to have become more and more loaded with Dark Patterns.
However, so far, neither member states nor European law, have been able to effectively 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 detect strengths and weaknesses of the current positions for the ePrivacy Regulation in respect of Dark Patterns and discuss potential amendments to it.

Speakers
Peter Eberl, Deputy Head of Unit Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy, EU Commission
https://be.linkedin.com/in/peter-eberl-0a528a60
Maryant Fernández, Senior Digital Policy Officer, The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryantfernandez/
Cristiana Santos, Assistant Professor, Utrecht University 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/cristianateixeirasantos/
Christian Drews, Research Fellow, Dapde 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-drews/
Moderation
Quirin Weinzierl, Project Coordinator, Dapde
https://www.linkedin.com/in/quirin-w-1a2756140/
Organizers
Carsten Berger, Quirin Weinzierl and Anton Kamke (FÖV Speyer) with Rob Van Kranenburg  
 

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