Project deliverable Open Access
Consent is an instrument which enables an individual to express and exercise control over actions and consequences related to their self. When enshrined under law, ‘consent’ forms the basis of legal justification as a permission for specified activity or implication. Within data protection and privacy laws, consent has long been a crucial instrument for providing the individual with agency, authority, and control over how their personal data is collected, stored, used, and shared with other external entities.
With laws increasingly realising the necessity to define additional requirements for what constitutes valid consent, and the prevalence of malpractices regarding consent processes - especially on the web, the issue of providing individuals and organisations with an effective and practical tool for recording their stance in a consent interaction is a powerful tool for accountability, transparency, and technological innovation.
Based on this guiding principle, this document provides the work produced within the Privacy as Expected: Consent Gateway (PaE:CG) project regarding information related to consent, and relevant for producing a receipt outlining the record made for capturing this information in an authoritative manner. The deliverable outlines the motivation, existing work in this area, the information fields identified by the project, its specification and extraction from web pages, and opportunities it has availed of regarding dissemination and standardisation.