Digital products, services, and platforms are key to the daily lives of millions of people, yet the way they’re designed can have immeasurable impact on people’s autonomy and control. Every day, manipulative design tactics — “deceptive designs” — influence decisions, coerce the sharing of private data, and push people into spending more money than intended. This violates human rights, and compromises individual freedoms and privacy.
There is an urgent need to address this issue, which is why Access Now is building on its responsible user guide for designers and proactively providing principles for lawmakers seeking to regulate deceptive interface designs in the United States. To combat deceptive interface designs, lawmakers should include: clearly defining harmful interface design practices; enforcing accessibility standards; mandating opt-in consent; requiring data minimization; and more.
Policymakers must prioritize proposals that safeguard individual autonomy and protect people’s data instead of allowing it to be exploited.