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Winner of FPF Student Paper Award

It is with great honour that I’ve been informed that my paper ‘A Fait Accompli? An Empirical Study into the Absence of Consent to Third-Party Tracking in Android Apps’ was awarded this year’s Student Paper Award of the FPF Privacy Papers for Policymakers.

With this award, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) recognises leading privacy research and analytical work that is relevant to policymakers in the United States Congress, at US federal agencies, and data protection authorities internationally.

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Reform of UK Data Protection Law

Back in September 2021, the UK government launched a public consultation on the planned reform of its data protection law. My research group at the University of Oxford has formulated a response to this consultation – a heroic team effort.

UK data protection law is currently modelled on EU requirements, particularly the GDPR from 2016 and the 2009 ePrivacy Directive. Following the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc, the government sees a wealth of new opportunities in the reform of the current legal requirements around the protection of personal data.

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Algorithms: What they are, and why they matter

It seems like algorithms increasingly rule the world. Only this summer, the debacle around the A level results in the UK demonstrated what far-reaching consequences the use of algorithms can have. How did algorithms become what they are? Might algorithms soon replace human decision-making altogether?

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Take control of your phone, before it takes control of you

This article was published in the bi-yearly publication of the Computer Science Department Oxford.

Many apps collect detailed data about your life. Some apps share this data with hundreds of companies from around the world. Should you be worried? To help you find answers, we at Human Centred Computing in the Department of Computer Science are developing TrackerControl, a new privacy app.

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Einführung einer Bürgernummer


Die Bundesregierung plant die Einführung einer Bürgernummer: eine Identifikationsnummer für jeden, der einen Wohnsitz in Deutschland hat. Datenschützer warnen vor einem Überwachungsstaat. Besteht wirklich Grund zur Sorge oder wird bloß Panik geschürt?

Mit diesem Thema beschäftige ich mich in Oxfords neuer Studentenzeitschrift, The Flete.