"Tell me and I forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Confucius Xunzi, 3rd century BC

I want to thank Arianna Rossi: she submitted a huge paper to

I want to thank Arianna Rossi: she submitted a huge paper to our group about the new data European data protection law.

"A Visualization Approach for Adaptive Consent in the European Data Protection Framework"

You can find it here: vai al link

Arianna Rossi, Monica Palmirani CIRSFID

Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy


For the first time in the history of European data protection law, the use of visualizations and especially of icons is explicitly suggested as a way to improve the comprehensibility of the information about data handling practices provided to the

data subjects, which plays a crucial role to obtain informed consent.

Privacy icon sets have already been developed, but they differ in the kinds of information they depict and in the perspectives they embed.

Moreover, they have not met widespread adoption, one reasons being that research has shown that possibility of misinterpretation of these symbols exist.

Our research relies on legal Semantic Web technologies and on principles drawn from legal design and Human Computer Interaction to propose visualizations of privacy policies and consent forms.

The final aim is to enhance the communication of data practices to users and to support their decision about whether to give or withhold consenart. Privacy, privacy policies, data protection, visualization, icons, GDPR, transparency, informed consent, usability, legal design