Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone
– Janis Joplin
Smart Cities Privacy is a blog and a professional community with the mission of raising awareness of how Smart City technologies affect personal privacy.
Across the globe, governments are pushing for their cities to become smarter. Smart Cities are built not only on traditional bricks and mortar but on data too. The data that we, Smart City citizens, generate is the lifeblood of the city. Every action we take will capture the essence of that action – data. Our every movement, the very air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink, will become part of an integrated set of data-based services that run off sensor-driven technologies. Our data and that of our environment feed the smart city. As we generate more data, and as we combine and analyze these data, privacy concerns increase. These data can provide valuable insights to help us manage the complex nature of our growing population and urbanization needs.
We should not, and cannot, allow this pressing need for efficiency to undermine our privacy, though. Privacy is sacrosanct and, once lost, hard, if not impossible, to reclaim. As individuals, as organizations, as government bodies, we all need to understand and appreciate what data privacy means. We can make smarter cities, but, in doing so, we must also build in both technical and legislative structures that defend our privacy.
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