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Stop the Consent Theater

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posted on 2023-11-29, 18:16 authored by Matthias FasslMatthias Fassl, Lea GröberLea Gröber, Katharina KrombholzKatharina Krombholz
The current web pesters visitors with consent notices that claim to "value" their privacy, thereby habituating them to accept all data practices. Users' lacking comprehension of these practices voids any claim of informed consent. Market forces specifically designed these consent notices in their favor to increase users' consent rates. Some sites even ignore users' decisions entirely, which results in a mere theatrical performance of consent procedures designed to appear as if it fulfills legal requirements. Improving users' online privacy cannot rely on individuals' consent alone. We have to look for complementary approaches as well. Current online data practices are driven by powerful market forces whose interests oppose users' privacy expectations - making turnkey solutions difficult. Nevertheless, we provide a bird's-eye view on privacy-improving approaches beyond individuals' consent.

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Preferred Citation

Matthias Fassl, Lea Gröber and Katharina Krombholz. Stop the Consent Theater. In: International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). 2021.

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  • Empirical and Behavioral Security

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International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)

Legacy Posted Date

2021-02-19

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@inproceedings{cispa_all_3370, title = "Stop the Consent Theater", author = "Fassl, Matthias and Gröber, Lea and Krombholz, Katharina", booktitle="{International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)}", year="2021", }

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