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Wired, 1993: Rebels with a Cause - Your Privacy. "On the cover were Eric Hughes, Tim May, John Gilmore, holding up an American flag, faces hidden behind white mask, their PGP fingerprints written on the foreheads. Gilmore even sporting an newly-founded EFF T-shirt. (from Thomas Rid, CS Monitor)"

Wired, 2019: YOU'RE IN PRIVATE MODE. To continue using a private window, sign in or subscribe. The title of the article being denied reads "It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser. Ad trackers are out of control".

I've seen so many evil patterns I can't rule out this being intentional. Unlikely, but what if?

All this time the popup is still nagging and eats half of your screen. I return to the previous page as I'm not willing to disable cookies altogether. Guess what was hidden under that popup (or scrolled conveniently away I don't remember)

, of course

A little bit of swearching yields this helpful guide that tells you how to disable cookies altogether, after warning that this might break the website (the warning is not visible in the screenshot)

The story of consent, in four parts. It all starts with the usual popup

If you want to withdraw consent they redirect you to their standard contact form.

What are the odds that this contact form delivers email to /dev/null ?

You always have the choice yada yada. Then a single button.

without further investigation.

New (to me) GDPR Dark Pattern 

Do you hate your Internet Service Provider? Do you hate your Email Provider?

We'll help you send them a GDPR Data Access Request designed to waste as much of their time as possible. They are legally required to respond to your request within 30 days! 🔥

Please STOP, stop, stop using #Google #reCaptcha on your websites!
You are giving away your visitors' #privacy and they cannot even opt-out and avoid it if they want to reach your contents.
#privacyMatters #webdevelopment gives you the choice to reject all cookies and then goes all passive-aggressive about it with popups all over the place so that you can "access all content"

Basically, you're greet with a nice and horrible thing on the top of the page (picture 1). The deny button is pretty much invisible if you don't pay attention.

You click on the deny button. You're greet with some #darkpattern sauce to confirm if you're sure about your denial of consent (picture 2). Click on deny and you'll be sent back right at the home page (page 3).

@GDPR_HallOfShame we can safely say that that website ( fits nicely on the #GDPRHallOfShame, right ?

Envato gives you the choice to enable some of the cookies but their website breaks horribly if you do. They never thought anyone would bother. Not to mention that the button to accept is called "Allow all cookies" even if you deselect some.

I mean that, while I don't agree, I can understand the transaction in other services. The website has something valuable to visitors and requests data in return.

An e-commerce site however, wants to sell you stuff. Introducing themselves with asking for your data just because you want to watch their virtual display is a sad reminder of the normalization of data abuse.

Way to welcome the visitors to your shop, 3D_edge.

Nobody would think about welcoming you to their store with a few pages of agreements to sign right after you step in the door. Why is this acceptable online?

Etsy does use the familiar dark pattern but at least the switches are turned off by default.

however because of the

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