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Protecting Privacy of Web Users: Technical and Legal Perspectives

April 12 (2023) @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As millions of users browse the Web on a daily basis, their data is continuously collected by numerous companies and agencies with the help of Web tracking technologies. Website owners, however, need to become compliant with recent EU privacy regulations (such as GDPR and ePrivacy) and often rely on consent banners to either inform users or collect their consent to tracking. In this talk, I discuss our recent research in Web tracking and analysis of consent banners from three dimensions:
1) measurement: detection of Web tracking technologies and analysis of consent banners;
2) compliance: multi-disciplinary discussion with legal scholars about potential violations of GDPR and ePrivacy in the discovered practices, and with design scholar of the manipulative tactics and their legality in consent banners;
3) evidence tools: our recent efforts in building browser extensions and evaluating user studies about consent banners for the regulator.
Finally, we present the impact of our work and underline the need for multi-disciplinary research in the area of Web privacy.

Attendance on Zoom (ID: 934 6243 1881, Passcode: 363300)

Livestream via YouTube


April 12 (2023)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Nataliia Bielova (Inria)

Nataliia Bielova is a Tenured Research Scientist at the French National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (Inria) since 2013. She is a privacy expert with a multidisciplinary background in computer science and law, and investigating privacy and data protection on the Web. Dr. Bielova is the recipient of a Young Researcher Award from the French National Research Agency (ANR) in 2018, Inria Doctoral Supervision and Research award in 2017 and 2021, and Best of ACM CHI Honorable Mention award in 2021. During 2021-2022, she was a Senior Privacy Fellow at the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) and currently a European Data Protection Board (EDPB) invited expert.

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