At the MetroLab Annual Summit in Atlanta, panelists discussed the tension between open data and privacy protections in smart city initiatives, Government Technology reports. With more cities collecting information through internet-of-things projects to help municipalities better understand the functionality of the city, local government is becoming more aware of privacy considerations. Many at the summit spoke to the potential benefits of predictive analytics and de-identification, while also acknowledging that municipal open data and privacy regulations are in the nascent stage of development. Tom Schenk, chief data officer for Chicago, said, “Between every single one of those projects, we have the responsibility of thinking what is too much, what is too far,” adding, “and it’s really a use-case-by-use-case basis.”
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