Press & Talks



The Eyes-Off Data Summit, Dublin (2023): Ethics & GDPR in Privacy-Preserving Data Science

Marketing Department, Goethe University Frankfurt (2023): Identity (Crisis) for Advertisers? Studying the App Tracking Ecosystem

Competition and IP in Digital Markets Conference, Maastricht (2023): Ticketmaster, online bots and the price of concert tickets: competition, consumer protection and technical perspectives

SecHuman, Ruhr University Bochum (2023): Why CS must care about the law: priorities for more effective tech regulation

UK Competition and Markets Authority, London (2023): Big tech – why it matters to researchers and why it should matter to the regulators

FAccT Conference, Chicago (2023): ‘We are adults and deserve control of our phones’: Examining the risks and opportunities of a right to repair for mobile apps

ConPro Workshop — co-organised by the US Federal Trade Commission, San Francisco (2023): Before and after China’s new Data Laws: Privacy in Apps

Northeastern (2023): Why CS must care about the law: Priorities for more effective tech regulation

UC Davis (2023): Why CS must care about the law: Priorities for more effective tech regulation

HCI Research Workshop, Department of Computer Science, Uniersity of Oxford (2023): App Extensions: Imagining, Studying and Realising A Less Harmful App Ecosystem

Open Data Institute (2023): Personal Data Tracking and Control (together with Max Van Kleek)

2nd DPSN Data Protection Day (2023): Ready for the EU Digital Services Act? How Decisions by Apple and by Google impede App Privacy

Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security in Bochum (2022): Identity (Crisis) for Advertisers? Studying the Tracking Ecosystems of Android and iOS

5th International Computational Law Forum of Tsinghua University (2022): The Impact of China’s New Data Laws on Apps’ Privacy Practices – together with Lu Zhang

Digital Legal Talks (2022): Ready for the EU Digital Services Act? How Decisions by Apple and by Google impede App Privacy

Introduction of new MSc Students in CS (2022): Measuring App Privacy and Compliance At Scale

CNIL Privacy Research Day (2022): The Absence of Consent to Tracking in Apps – together with Pierre Dewitte

Lions Club Mülheim (2022): Effects of the GDPR on Privacy in Practice

Chat with Kohei Kurihara from the Privacy by Design Lab (2022)

Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (2022): Are iPhones Really Better for Privacy? A Comparative Study of iOS and Android Apps

Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (2022): Goodbye Tracking? Impact of iOS App Tracking Transparency and Privacy Labels

Oxford Internet Institute Connected Life Conference (2022): Mobile App Extensions: Selective User Choice over Harms in Mobile Apps

Oxford/UCL Colloquium on Tech Policy (2022): A right to repair for code? Exploring a new method against harms in apps

Venice Colloquium on AI Regulation (2022): Regulation of AI: New and Old

Stanford Security Lunch (2022): Analyzing app privacy at scale

Meetup of Data Protection Scholars’ Network (2022): “Before and after GDPR: tracking in mobile apps”

Oxford Faculty of Law — Future of Technology and Society Discussion Group (2022): Assessing the Compliance of Mobile Apps with Data Protection Law

HCC Research Group (2021): Privacy. That’s iPhone — is it really?

University of Copenhagen, Datified Living seminar (2021): Identity (Crisis) for Advertisers? Studying the App-Tracker Ecosystems of Android and iOS – together with Reuben Binns

Hertford College Oxford, Academic Soirée (2021): iOS is always more private than Android – and other myths

Oxford German Society Research Symposium (2021): Is iOS really more private than Android?

Berkeley Laboratory for Usable and Experimental Security (2021): App Tracking from an EU perspective

Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (2021): A Fait Accompli? An Empirical Study into the Absence of Consent to Third-Party Tracking in Android Apps

The Rise of Privacy Tech (2021): Combatting Dark Patterns with Privacy Tech – together with Jennifer King and Kelly Huang

Human-Centred Computing Research Group, DPhil Colloqium (2021)

Academy of Law (2021): Basics of AI, machine learning and law – together with Nick West

Hertford College Oxford, Academic Soirée (2020): The Power of App Stores

OpenRightsGroup Oxford (2020): Digital Security Lightning Talks

Human-Centred Computing Research Group, DPhil Colloqium (2020)

Hertford College Oxford (2019): Lives at risk: Excessive data collection in apps

Introduction of new MSc Students in CS (2019): Privacy in Apps

PhD Open Day, Department of Computer Science Oxford (2019): TrackerControl: Tame tracking in apps

Selected Press Coverage

Italics mean interviews / collaboration.

Investigations with other Organisations

noyb (2023). How mobile apps illegally share your personal data

Netzpolitik (2022). “Many ‚tracking-free‘ apps in iOS secretly track users” / Sitra (2021–2022): “Digipower investigation” — Final report here

Wired UK (2021): “All those pub apps you’ve downloaded are a privacy nightmare”

Expert Opinion

SZ Dossier (2024). „Noch ganz am Anfang“: Datenzugang unter dem DSA

TrackerControl Privacy App

Wired (2024). How to Be More Anonymous Online

New Scientist (2023). “Nowhere to hide: Data harvesters came for your privacy – and found it” (cover story of that issue)

Fédération romande des consommateurs (2023). 1000 traceurs en 20 minutes: une société sous surveillance

RESET — Digital for Good (2023): Why you need to constantly charge your smartphone and what it has to do with tracking

La Quadrature du Net (2022): Ad blocking on the internet

TAZ (2022): Data protection lawsuit against Deutsche Bahn: App with controversial services

Radio Télévision Suisse (2022): “Social networks as a means of influencing elected officials”

Anubhav Roy (2022): 5 Magnificent Open Source Android Apps To Download Right NOW!

Le Temps (2022): “When Twitter influences member of parliament”

Beebom (2021): 8 Cool Open-Source Android Apps You Must Try!

Politico (2021): “Digital Bridge: Russian disinformation — Me, myself and my data — Digital tax difficulties”

xataka (2020): “More privacy for your mobile with TrackerControl, an app that blocks trackers and analyzes their connections”

EL ESPAÑOL (2019): “The best application to check who is tracking your information”


Editoriale Domani (2023): A Year of ChatGPT

netzpolitik (2023): NOYB geht gegen Datenweitergabe vor

Der Standard (2023): Popular fitness apps illegally pass on personal data to third parties

Digiday (2023). “Two years into Apple’s ATT, ad-tech still sees growth despite slowdowns”

Heise (2022). “Study: Apple’s app privacy initiative has unintended side effects”

AppleInsider (2022). “Apple’s anti-tracking tech is mostly working, but it can’t block everything”

Forbes (2022). “Why The Crumbling Of Advertising Cookies Brings A New Recipe For Customer Engagement”

Vox/Recode (2022). “The winners and losers of Apple’s anti-tracking feature”

La Stampa (2022). “The effects of iPhone in-app pop-ups against ad tracking”

Der Standard (2022). “Study: iPhone apps continue to track eagerly despite Apple’s privacy changes”

Ars Technica (2022). “Your iOS app may still be covertly tracking you, despite what Apple says”

The Register (2022). “Apple iOS privacy clampdown ‘did little’ to reduce tracking”

TechCrunch (2022). “Study of Apple’s ATT impact highlights competition concerns”

Business Standard (2022): “Apps still tracking users’ data on Apple App Store, reveals study”

Future of Privacy Forum (2022). “12th Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Awardees Explore the Nature of Privacy Rights & Harms”

Funkschau (2022). “This is how toothless Apple’s privacy protections are”

How-to Geek (2021). “How to Monitor and Block Ad Trackers on Android”

Der Standard (2022). “Numerous iPhone apps spy on users, but claim the opposite”

Hufvudstadsbladet (2021): “Most apps spy on you”

Tom’s Guide (2021): “iPhone apps no better for privacy than Android, Oxford study finds”

Golem (2021): “Apps: iOS not better than Android”

Der Standard (2021): “Study shows: Data collection with iPhone apps hardly better than under Android”

The Times of India (2021): “Apps On Apple iPhone Track You As Much As Android Apps, Oxford Study Reveals”

The Register (2021): “What do iOS and Android have in common?”


netzwoche (2021): “New platform aims to eliminate manipulative dimension of apps”

ICTJournal (2021): “Dark patterns: this tool allows to eliminate the manipulative dimension of mobile apps”

ACM TechNews (2021): “Tool Strips Manipulative ‘Dark Patterns’ From Mobile Apps”

IEEE Spectrum (2021): “New Tool Strips Manipulative “Dark Patterns” From Mobile Apps”

Coverage by Policy Documents and Regulatory Bodies

European Union (2023): Study on the impact of recent developments in digital advertising on privacy, publishers and advertisers

European Union (2023): Study on evaluation of the Regulation (EU) 2019/1150 on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services (the P2B Regulation)

Bundeskartellamt (2022): Sector Study “Online Advertising”

OECD (2022): Dark commercial patterns

European Union (2022): Unpacking ‘commercial surveillance’: The state of tracking

Competition and Markets Authority (2022): Mobile ecosystems market study

Bundeskartellamt (2021): “Insufficient consumer protection in mobile apps”

Federal Trade Commission (2021): “Bringing Dark Patterns to Light: An FTC Workshop”


Response to public consultation by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (2022)

Response to the UK government’s public consultation on the planned reform of UK data protection law (2021).

Member of Tracking-Free Ads Coalition through TrackerControl (2021): proposed restrictions of personal ads by the group made into EU legislation.