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.

Highlights Include:

• FPF published an interactive visual guide to smart city technologies and data flows, Shedding Light on Smart City Privacy.
• FPF published a central repository for privacy-related guidance documents, best practices, reports, codes of conduct, and other resources relevant to smart communities.
• FPF convened a roundtable, Privacy in the Smart City: Finding the Middle Ground, to discuss how communities can secure the social benefits of new technologies while protecting individual privacy.
• FPF is developing a Privacy and Security Readiness Guide for municipal technology and privacy leaders.
• FPF is working with the City of Seattle to perform a privacy risk assessment of the city’s Open Data program.

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

Contact

Kelsey Finch, Policy Counsel, [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

‘Successful smart city leaders will be smart on privacy’
Future of Privacy Forum Releases Interactive Tool for Understanding the Technologies Powering Smart Cities
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March 31, 2017 | Melanie Bates

Future of Privacy Forum Releases Interactive Tool for Understanding the Technologies Powering Smart Cities

Brussels, Belgium – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released Shedding Light on Smart City Privacy, a new tool designed to help citizens, companies, and communities understand the technologies at the heart of smart city and smart community projects as well as their potential impact on privacy. The guide was released by FPF Policy Counsel, Kelsey Finch, during the panel Cities of the Future, Data of the Present: Protecting Privacy and Fostering Development at RightsCon Brussels, a conference exploring the societal impact of technology and policy.

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FPF Comments on NITRD’s Smart Cities and Communities Federal Strategic Plan