~ COnSeNT 2021 ~

1st International Workshop on
Consent Management in Online Services, Networks and Things

co-located with 6th IEEE EuroS&P
September 7, 2021

Important Dates

Submission 15-MAY
Notification 01-JUL
Camera-Ready 14-JUL
Presentation 07-SEP

Submission Summary

6 pages IEEE Conference format
Submission: EasyChair
Reviewing: Double-blind / anonymous
More information


Proceedings in IEEE Xplore.
At least one author must register and present.
Registration details (TBA)

Tentative Agenda

Workshop will be from 09:00-17:00 CEST, with paper presentations, a keynote, and panel discussions. More information.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Johnny Ryan FRHistS

Panel Discussion

to be announced

Call for papers

Data Protection and privacy regulations are currently amongst the most prominent changes across the globe, and have triggered a change in how consent is obtained and used for Personal Data management. At the forefront, there’s the EU General Data Protection Regulation (2016) which brought dramatic changes to the Internet as we know it, and influence other regulationss such as the California Privacy Rights Act in 2020.

Regulations, such as the GDPR, dictate where consent is required, it is 'valid' only when obtained before processing data of an individual, and meets a number of requirements: it must be freely given, prior to any data collection, informed, specific, unambiguous, readable and accessible and revocable.

Pursuant to such requirements, both research and industry move towards the direction of increasing transparency, accountability, privacy by design to ensure the required legal compliance. This has led to standardized user centric consent solutions such as the Consent Receipt Specification (Kantara, 2018), the Internet Advertising Bureau’s Transparency and Consent Framework standard (IAB TCF, 2019), ISO/IEC 29184 Online privacy notices and consent (2020), and the Global Privacy Controls (GPC, 2020). Such efforts are aimed to comply with regulations and provide user empowerment.

Consent Management as a discipline is only now becoming prominent as an emerging fruit of the many challenges across various domains - legal, technological, sociological, usability, privacy, and security. The current implementation of consent and its management in the Internet is still in its infancy when handling multiple requirements stemming from users, devices, businesses, publishers, consent management platforms, content providers, third-parties, regulators, and information itself. Furthermore, new uses of personal data, including business models and a data-driven economiy, require clarity on the topic of Consent.

The COnSeNT Workshop will offer an international forum for researchers and practitioners, across all areas, to exchange and bring perspectives, lessons learned and new insights to the state of the art and practice of Consent Management. It will provide a forum to share, discuss, and present novel ideas and solutions related to the areas of Consent, and its impact and relevance to the larger domains of privacy and security.

We welcome technical, tecno-legal or socio-technical papers, work-in-progress reports, industry insights and multi-disciplinary perspectives describing advances in all areas related to Consent including, but not limited to:

  • Security and Trust of current Consent practices
  • Network Protocols for Consent management
  • Non-repudiation and Demonstrability of Consent
  • Threat and Adversary modelling in Consent
  • Consent Notices and User behaviour
  • Novel technical approaches to collecting and managing Consent
  • Data-driven Economies and Consent
  • Use of dark patterns in consent collection
  • Personal Data Economics and Models
  • Usability in Consent
  • Large-scale capture of Consent
  • Accountability and Demonstration of Consent
  • Consent management platforms
  • Behavioral economics and Consent
  • Consent in IoT and embedded devices
  • Machine Learning Approaches to Consent
  • Assistive technologies for Consent
  • Incorporating Human-centric technologies for consent
  • Consent management through browser signalling
  • Uniformization of consent across different laws and regulations
  • Visualisation techniques for consent
  • Standards and Frameworks for information and processes associated with Consent


Program Chairs

Programme Committee (to be updated)

  • Aurelie Pols (DPO CDP mParticle)
  • Beatriz Esteves (Uni Politécnica de Madrid)
  • Celestin Matte (Independent Researcher, FR)
  • Christine Utz (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, DE)
  • Daniel Woods (University of Innsbruck, AU)
  • Dave Lewis (Trinity College Dublin, IE)
  • Edoardo Celeste (Dublin City University, IE)
  • Elena Montiel (Uni Politécnica de Madrid)
  • Gilad Rosner (IoT Privacy Forum, UK)
  • Irene Kamara (Tilburg university, NL)
  • Joao Paulo Barraca (Uni. de Aveiro Portugal, PT)
  • Julien Rossi (Uni. catholique de l'Ouest;
    Uni. de technologie de Compiègne, FR)
  • Khaled Mahbub (Birmingham City University, UK)
  • Kovila Coopamootoo (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Mark Josephs (Birmingham City University, UK)
  • Marija Slavkovik (University of Bergen, NO)
  • Martin Degeling (Horst Goertz Institute for IT Security)
  • Maximilian Hils (University of Innsbruck, AU)
  • Michael Toth (Inria, FR)
  • Midas Nouwens (Aarhus University, DK)
  • Nataliia Bielova (Inria, FR)
  • Soheil Human (WU Vienna, AU)
  • Victor Rodriguez-Doncel (Uni Politécnica de Madrid)
  • Vladlena Benson (Aston University, UK)

Submission Instructions

Submitted papers must be in English, unpublished, and must not be currently under review for any other publication.

Submissions must follow the official IEEE Conference Proceedings format: LaTeX, Template Instructions, IEEE Template Repository

Full papers must be at most 6 single-spaced, double column pages. Papers that do not meet the size and formatting requirements will not be reviewed. All papers must be in PDF format and submitted through EasyChair.

The review process is double-blind / anonymous. Papers must be anonymised prior to submission for review by removing any identifying information. Non-anonymised papers will be rejected without reviews..

Workshop proceedings will be published in IEEE Xplore.

Key dates

  • submission deadline: 15 May 2021 AoE
  • notification by: 1 July 2021
  • camera-ready by: 14 July 2021

EasyChair Submissions Link

Programme (tentative)

Workshop will take place on 7 September. All times are CEST.


  • 09h00 - Opening and welcome
  • 09h15 - Paper presentations
  • 11h15 - Break
  • 11h30 - Keynote by Dr Johnny Ryan FRHistS (confirmed)


  • 12h00 - Paper presentations
  • 13h00 - Lunch Break
  • 14h00 - Paper presentations
  • 16h00 - Panel Discussion (TBA)
  • 17h00 - Closing Remarks

Workshop Registration

COnSeNT 2021 is co-located with IEEE Euro S&P 2021. Information here will be updated when we know more about the conference registration.

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Funding Acknowledgements: This work has received funding under European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under NGI TRUST Grant#825618 for Project#3.40 Privacy-as-Expected: Consent Gateway; Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant#GOIPD/2020/790; The ADAPT SFI Centre for Digital Media Technology is funded by Science Foundation Ireland through the SFI Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through Grant # 13/RC/2106_P2.

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