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Google Maps now requires WiFi scanning to use navigation

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"Google has now drawn a line in the sand. Give us all your local SSIDs, local bluetooth connections, with likely even more detail, or they now refuse to allow you to use Maps to navigate."

Feb 01, 2022

| Feb 01, 2022

Cookies: the CNIL fines GOOGLE a total of 150 million euros and FACEBOOK 60 million euros for non-compliance with French legislation

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Following investigations, the CNIL noted that the websites, and do not make refusing cookies as easy as to accept them. It thus fines FACEBOOK 60 million euros and GOOGLE 150 million euros and orders them to comply within three months.

Jan 06, 2022

CNIL | Jan 06, 2022

Google is manipulating browser extensions to stifle competitors, DuckDuckGo CEO says

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"Google for years has used misleading notifications to lure users into disabling its rival’s browser extensions [...] The changes include requiring users to answer whether they would rather “Change back to Google search” after adding the DuckDuckGo extension and showing users a larger, highlighted button when giving them the option to “Change it back”.

Jan 05, 2022

Cristiano Lima and Aaron Schaffer | Jan 05, 2022

Dark Patterns in Google Ads.

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Google has recently rebranded its Adwords advertising platform to Google Ads. Together with the new name, the interface also got a big overhaul. And as someone who spends many hours of every day on the platform, I can’t say I’m happy with the results.

Jun 12, 2021

Dennis | Jun 12, 2021

Youtube uses a hidden opt-out button in a full-screen premium upsell.

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"Getting desperate now? This came up when I opened the @YouTube app. I don't want premium. I don't want a trial. I've said that at least a hundred times so far, now this without even a close button. Talk about @darkpatterns

Jan 20, 2021

Bigolslabomeat | Jan 20, 2021

Google: Enabling YouTube history.

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Google appear to be tricking the user into 'enabling YouTube history' (in this case it had been disabled) so that the user can then 'choose an auto-delete option' for that history.

Dec 28, 2020

croppyboi | Dec 28, 2020

Google Calendar: Auto-adding Google Meet when others are added to an event.

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Google Calendar has always had a "Add Google Meet / Google Hangout" option on calendar meeting invites, but recently auto-adds the Google Meet if you add others to the calendar invite, without any notification.

Nov 16, 2020

osiris679 | Nov 16, 2020

Google are loading ads a few seconds after the search results have loaded, making you accidentally click them.

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Although it's arguable whether this was on purpose or not, it is likely to have driven ad revenue from accidental clicks.

Jun 08, 2020

Brumcar | Jun 08, 2020

Dark patterns identified in the consent-obtaining mechanisms of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft

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Qualitative evaluation of the consent-obtaining mechanisms implemented and used by the five big tech companies, i.e. Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft (GAFAM)

Apr 15, 2020

SoheilHuman | Apr 15, 2020

Google: consent preferences.

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Google hiding the ability to say no thanks only if you scroll down. Not immediately obvious that you can

Nov 09, 2019

glen_george | Nov 09, 2019

Google News: ad-blockers & privacy tools.

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Today @googlenews joined the ranks of "Sites that don't want you to use ad-blockers/privacy tools & just tell you that you're offline if you do" (along with @TheAtlantic) I'm fine with "Turn off your ad-blocker to use this site," less so with lying.

Aug 16, 2019

jessamyn | Aug 16, 2019

YouTube Premium: confusing subscribe pop-up.

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Intentionally confusing buttons from “don’t be evil” @google @YouTube here.

Jul 30, 2019

pauledevans | Jul 30, 2019

Google Backup and Sync: "weasel wording" from the app preferences.

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A perfect example of "weasel wording" from the Google Backup and Sync app preferences.

Jun 14, 2019

harrybr | Jun 14, 2019

When manipulation is the digital business model

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Ever looked for an online cancel button and struggled to find it? ‘Dark patterns’ may be to blame (Opinion feature in FT Magazine)

May 01, 2019

Madhumita Murgia | May 01, 2019

Every Step You Take

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Report by the Norwegian Consumer Council showing how Google uses dark patterns to manipulate users into enabling location tracking. The NCC filed a GDPR complaint against Google based on the report.

Nov 27, 2018

Norwegian Consumer Council | Nov 27, 2018

Facebook and Google accused of using 'dark patterns' to mislead users into sharing personal data

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News article responding to the Norwegian Consumer Council's "Deceived by Design" report.

Jun 28, 2018

Binder, Matt | Jun 28, 2018

Deceived By Design

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A fantastic report by the Norwegian Consumer Council that explains how tech companies use dark patterns to discourage us from exercising our rights to privacy. Facebook, Google and Windows 10 are named and shamed.

Jun 27, 2018

Author unknown | Jun 27, 2018

Google Nexus 5: Login with Gmail.

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You can set up the phone without a google account connected, but it doesn't show that as an option until you fail to log in 3 times.

Apr 09, 2018

NoPunkProphet | Apr 09, 2018

Google: Ads Disguised as Search Results.

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The first four results of a google search for “flowers” are ads disguised as search results. They have a small green tag that identifies them as ads, but many users will not notice this and click on the ads anyways.

Aug 01, 2017

Gray et al. | Aug 01, 2017

Google Location Services: Spam.

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Repeatedly asks user for permission to use location data, only allowing “don’t show me again” to be selected if permission is given, pestering the user until they give permission.

Mar 09, 2015

Gray et al. | Mar 09, 2015