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The New Yorker sends a fake "final demand" letter to trick users into resubscribing.

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508

The letter reads "statement of account" "FINAL NOTICE" except it's just an invitation to renew a subscription that would otherwise expire.

Jun 28, 2021

joelanman | Jun 28, 2021

The New Yorker: consent preferences.

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370

The New Yorker's consent preferences are unclear. The option for ‘Do Not Sell My Personal Information’ appears to be on, implying the user has selected not to have their information sold, but the instructions say to move it to the left to turn it off. This is confusing.

Mar 30, 2020

josh_zelonis | Mar 30, 2020

New Yorker: consent preferences.

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356

On the @NewYorker's site, there's a cookie setting literally called "Sell My Personal Information". If you disable it, it will auto-enable itself when you use the CTA to close the window! Absolutely egregious disregard for ethical UX.

Jan 11, 2020

_armannobari | Jan 11, 2020