~ COnSeNT 2021 ~

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

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

Short/Full Papers

Submission 11-JUN (extended)
Notification 01-JUL
Short (4 pages) and Full paper (6 pages)
Double-blind review, published in IEEE Xplore
More information

Discussion papers

Submission 16-JUL
Notification 09-AUG
Length Up to 4 pages
Double-blind review, shared on website
More information


At least one author must register and must present the work.
Registration details on Euro S&P site

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

Does Consent work? If not Consent, what else?
With panelists: (alphabetical)
Hielke Hijmans (DPA, Belgium)
Irene Kamara (Tilburg university)
Mark Lizar (Kantara Initiative)
Robin Berjon (New York Times)
Rob van Eijk (Future of Privacy Forum)
Townsend Feehan (IAB Europe)

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

Regular papers: 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. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop and published in IEEE Xplore.

Discussion papers: We also welcome early stage results, novel ideas and propositions, position statements, and extended abstracts, and other forms of work to foster discussion and exploration of the topics related to consent. For this, we invite shorter pages up to 4 pages in the same format as regulat papers. These papers must also be double blind and will be peer reviewed, but not published as part of the proceedings. We will instead make them available through the website before the event.

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..

All papers must be in PDF format and submitted through EasyChair.

Key dates for Regular Papers

  • submission deadline: 11 June 2021 AoE (extended)
  • notification by: 1 July 2021
  • camera-ready by: 14 July 2021
  • authors registration: by 31 July 2021

Key dates for Discussion Papers

  • submission deadline: 16 July 2021 AoE
  • notification by: 9 August 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. Registration information can be found on the IEEE Euro S&P website. Below is a verbatim copy of the registration details for informative purposes (please ensure on conference website for up to date information).

Workshop Author (IEEE Member) EUR 190
Workshop Author (Non-Member) EUR 200
Virtual Conference & Workshop Attendee (IEEE Member) EUR 50
Virtual Conference & Workshop Attendee (Non-Member) EUR 60
Virtual Conference & Workshop Attendee (Student) EUR 35

📰 Updates/News 📰

04-June-2021 Discussion paper update: We welcome position paper, extended abstracts, etc. to foster interaction and discussion at the workshop. These will be peer-reviewed, but not published in proceedings. Deadline is 16-JUL.
04-June-2021 Panel Announcement: We are delighted to announce Townsend Feehan, CEO of IAB Europe will be part of the panel.
01-June-2021 Deadline extension: The deadline for submissions has been extended from 31-MAY to 11-JUN AoE.
10-May-2021 Deadline extension: The deadline for submissions has been extended from 15-MAY to 31-MAY AoE.
10-May-2021 Panel Announcement: COnSeNT will now have a panel in the latter half of the day on the topic of "Does Consent work? If not Consent, what else?". We have four amazing experts confirmed for the panel: Hielke Hijmans (Data Protection Authority, Belgium), Mark Lizar (Kantara Initiative), Robin Berjon (New York Times), and Rob van Eijk (Future of Privacy Forum). More information and experts TBA.

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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