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Consent-O-Matic: Automatically Answering Consent Pop-ups Using Adversarial Interoperability

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The majority of consent pop-ups on the web do not meet the requirements for legally valid consent laid out in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In the face of a lack of enforcement, we present the browser extension Consent-O-Matic which uses adversarial interoperability to automatically answer these pop-ups based on the user's preferences. We document how the current implementation of these pop-ups support and inhibit interoperability, focussing on the difference between static and dynamic HTML, the quality of the semantic markup, and the visibility of the system's state; and we present the implementation of Consent-O-Matic. Lastly, we discuss the possibilities, limitations, and concerns of an adversarial approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2022 - Extended Abstracts of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication yearApr 2022
Article number238
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391566
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022
Event2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2022 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 30 Apr 20225 May 2022


Conference2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2022
LandUnited States
ByVirtual, Online
SeriesConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

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    Research areas

  • adversarial interoperability, browser extension, General Data Protection Regulation, regulatory enforcement

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