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Smart cities and private lives: the impossible union?


3 Oct, 2016 12:01 pm

Tomorrow's ultra-connected smart cities will be driven by data, which includes each individual's own personal data. How can the development of innovative services be ensured without this threatening our individual liberties? Inventive laws will need to be devised...


- In smart cities, the gathering and processing of data is carried out by two identifiable stakeholders: Local authorities and the public administration sector, via public transport and road use, waste collection, emergency services and hospitals etc., and private operators such as telecom companies, energy suppliers and housing developers. 

  • - The wide array of stakeholders and the interconnectivity between services makes it complicated to identify the chain of responsibilities when it comes to handling data. Indeed, it is difficult to develop a coordinated data privacy policy which clearly shows that data must be used for the good of citizens and for improving their everyday lives, not in the pursuit of controlling their private lives.   
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