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Your tips will help us understand consumer experiences

Sharing a dark pattern you have spotted helps us learn more about interfaces and designs that people consider to be deceptive or unfair. We may use your submission to the Dark Patterns Tip Line platform as part of our research, or to illustrate and explain dark patterns to the public, the media and policymakers.

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When you submit a tip, you agree that we may use, share and make public your screenshot and other information you share (except for your email address). We publish tips anonymously and will make efforts to remove any personal information, but please don’t submit screenshots that contain information you wouldn’t want to be made public. If you decide to share your email address with us, we may contact you to ask for more information, or to interview you for a story.

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