How manipulative design patterns may develop in immersive environments

29/04/2024 | Future of Privacy Forum

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) has published an article exploring the challenges and risks associated with manipulative and deceptive patterns within immersive technologies like spatial computing, gaming, and extended reality (XR). FPF writes that while these technologies offer a unique and exciting way of experiencing the world, they can also provide opportunities for manipulative and deceptive design, especially when interfaces blur the boundaries between the physical and virtual worlds. The article highlights that despite scholars, regulators, and lawmakers starting to address dark patterns in traditional online spaces, it is necessary to understand how such practices could develop differently in immersive environments. The article emphasizes the need to identify manipulative and deceptive design features in immersive environments to ensure the development of new products and services in a way that protects privacy, security, safety, and competition.

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