About this Issue

Sensor networks and always-on data flows produce new service models and analytics to make modern cities and local communities more livable, sustainable, and equitable. At the same time, connected smart city devices raise concerns about individuals’ privacy, autonomy, and freedom of choice, as well as potential discrimination by institutions.

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Working collaboratively with public, private, and civil society leaders, FPF is developing best practices to guide how cities and local communities collect, manage, and use personal data to improve services for citizens. FPF and its Smart Cities Working Group seek to promote fair and transparent data uses, provide practical guidance to help local governments navigate complicated privacy-related issues, and help individuals better understand and engage with data-driven programs in their communities.

FPF’s ultimate goal is to help individuals, local communities, and technology providers leverage the benefits of a data-rich society while minimizing threats to individual privacy and civil liberties.

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We invite you to join the Future of Privacy Forum and participate in the Smart Cities Working Group.

Working Group Meetings

Smart Cities Working Group meetings are generally held Mondays from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET. FPF members are welcome to join these discussions. If you would like call-in information (or to be added to the working group), please contact Kelsey Finch at [email protected].

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Shedding Light on Smart City Privacy
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March 31, 2017 | Kelsey Finch

Shedding Light on Smart City Privacy

Today, the Future of Privacy Forum is releasing a new tool for municipal and technology leaders: a visual guide “Shedding Light on Smart City Privacy.” This tool will help citizens, companies, and communities understand the technologies at the heart of smart city and smart community projects – and their potential impact on privacy.

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What's Happening: Smart Cities

Roundtable Discussion: Smart Cities and Open Data (2017 MetroLab Network Annual Summit)
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November 20, 2017 | Melanie Bates

Roundtable Discussion: Smart Cities and Open Data (2017 MetroLab Network Annual Summit)

The Smart Cities and Open Data movements promise to use data to spark civic innovation and engagement, promote inclusivity, and transform modern communities. At the same time, advances in sensor technology, re-identification science, and Big Data analytics have challenged cities and their partners to construct effective safeguards for the collection, use, sharing, and disposal of personal information.

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Smart Cities Need Smart Privacy Protections: FPF seeks public comments on proposed Open Data Risk Assessment for the City of Seattle
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August 18, 2017 | Kelsey Finch

Smart Cities Need Smart Privacy Protections: FPF seeks public comments on proposed Open Data Risk Assessment for the City of Seattle

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) requests feedback from the public on the proposed City of Seattle Open Data Risk Assessment. In 2016, the City of Seattle declared in its Open Data Policy that the city’s data would be “open by preference,” except when doing so may affect individual privacy. To ensure its Open Data program effectively protects individuals, Seattle committed to performing an annual risk assessment and tasked FPF with creating and deploying an initial privacy risk assessment methodology for open data.

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‘Successful smart city leaders will be smart on privacy’