UW Privacy Office

November 16, 2021

Political ads during the 2020 presidential election cycle collected personal information and spread misleading information

Source: UW Today, November 8, 2021

Political ads during the 2020 presidential election cycle collected personal information and spread misleading information

“We saw these fake poll ads that were harvesting personal information, like email addresses, and trying to prey on people who wanted to be politically involved. These ads would then use that information to send spam, malware or just general email newsletters,” said co-author Miranda Wei, UW doctoral student in the Allen School. “There were so many fake buttons in these ads, asking people to accept or decline, or vote yes or no. These things are clearly intended to lead you to give up your personal data.”