~ COnSeNT 2022 ~

2nd International Workshop on
Consent Management in Online Services, Networks and Things

co-located with 31st WEB Conference
26 April 2022 (tentative)

Important Dates

Submission 03-FEB
Notification 03-MAR
Camera-ready 08-MAR
Presentation 26-APR

Submission Summary

12 pages ACM format
Submission: EasyChair
Reviewing: Single-blind
More information


Proceedings in Web Conference Companion Volume (ACM). 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

Robin Berjon

Panel Discussion

The Web of Consent
more details 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 on 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, techno-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

In addition to the above, we welcome submissions on the following 'special topics' that are relevant to recent proposals, interests, and advances regarding consent:

  • Feasibility and Strategies towards a Cookie-less Web (e.g. Phasing out of 1st/3rd Party Cookies)
  • Approaches to privacy-preserving or client-side advertising on the Web based on consent
  • Consent mechanisms for novel proposals for localised processing, such as FLOC,
  • User interactions and consent for automation (i.e. AI)
  • Internet/Web protocols and standards for Consent
  • Role of web browsers in adopting consent mechanisms


Workshop Organisers

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)
  • 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)
  • Paul Grace (Aston University, UK)
  • Nataliia Bielova (Inria, FR)
  • Soheil Human (WU Vienna, AU)
  • Victor Rodriguez-Doncel (Uni Politécnica de Madrid)

Submission Instructions

Submissions must use the official ACM format with double-column format. ACM provides templates for MS-WORD and LaTeX, and has an official template for use in Overleaf.

Full papers must be at most 8 pages of main content, with additional 4 pages for references and supplementary material (e.g. appendix). Papers must not have more than 12 pages for all content. 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 single-blind. Papers do not need to be anonymised prior to submission for review

Workshop proceedings will be published in the ACM Web Conference Companion Volume.

Key dates

  • submission deadline: 03 February 2022 AoE
  • notification by: 03 March 2022
  • camera-ready by: 08 March 2022

EasyChair Submissions Link

Programme (tentative)

Workshop will take place on 26 April 2022. All times are CEST.


  • 09h00 - Opening and welcome
  • 09h15 - Paper presentations
  • 11h15 - Break
  • 11h30 - Keynote


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

Workshop Registration

COnSeNT 2022 is co-located with the Web Conference. Information here will be updated when we know more about the conference registration.

Previous Editions of COnSeNT

COnSeNT 2021 took place on 07-SEP-2021 and was co-located with the IEEE Euro S&P conference. More information about the papers presented, access recordings of the keynote and panel discussions is available here.

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Funding Acknowledgements: This workshop and its organisers have received funding under the following programmes: 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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