Iconified representations of privacy policies: A GDPR perspective

Sander de Jong*, Dayana Spagnuelo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Privacy policies inform on personal data collection and processing practices, allowing people to make informed decisions about a given service. However, they are difficult to understand due to their length and use of legal terminology. To address this issue, regulatory bodies propose the use of graphical representations for privacy policies. This paper reviews the development of current graphical and iconified representations for privacy policies. We conduct a literature study on existing iconified libraries, we categorise them and compare these libraries with regard to the specifications from the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The results of this paper show that currently no iconified library fully satisfies the criteria specified in the GDPR. Our major contribution lays in the actionable insights offered to researchers, policymakers, and regulatory bodies in an effort to develop standardised graphic and iconified representations of privacy policies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrends and Innovations in Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 2
EditorsÁlvaro Rocha, Hojjat Adeli, Luís Paulo Reis, Sandra Costanzo, Irena Orovic, Fernando Moreira
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030456917
ISBN (Print)9783030456900
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event8th World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, WorldCIST 2020 - Budva, Montenegro
Duration: 7 Apr 202010 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume1160 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


Conference8th World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, WorldCIST 2020


  • GDPR
  • Iconified representation
  • Icons
  • Privacy policy
  • Standardised icons


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