Search Conferences

Type in any word, words or author name. This searchs through the abstract title, keywords and abstract text and authors. You may search all conferences or just select one conference.

 All Conferences
 EMAC 2019 Annual Conference
 EMAC 2020 Annual Conference
 EMAC 2020 Regional Conference
 EMAC 2021 Annual Conference
 EMAC 2021 Regional Conference
 EMAC 2022 Annual
 EMAC 2022 Regional Conference
 EMAC 2023 Annual
 EMAC 2023 Regional Conference

EMAC 2023 Annual

How Does Standardized Consent for Personal Data Processing Affect Online Tracking?

Published: May 24, 2023


Yuxi Jin, Goethe University Frankfurt; Bernd Skiera, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany


The Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF), launched by the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe, aims to build up an industry standard to ensure established legal bases (e.g., consent) for personal data processing more easily. We investigate how TCF participation affects the amount of tracking. Analyzing instances from 261,377 website-tracker connections yields no significant change in the total HTTP requests with tracking. Participants neither gain nor lose tracking from joining TCF. Behind the found effect exists a trade-off between a 19.62% increase in website-tracker instances and a 1.71 decrease in tracking requests per instance. With enhanced certainty of regulatory compliance, TCF participants interact more, driving the increased instances. Reluctance to track aggressively when purposes are publicly available likely drives the decreased tracking intensity. TCF-participating websites work with more small trackers relatively. Promoting TCF may improve market competition.