Smart Cities Require Smart Policy

Smart-Cities-Require-Smart-Policy-630x420U.S. News published an opinion article “Smart Cities Require Smart Policy – Cities must weigh privacy concerns when implementing smart technologies

By now, you’ve probably heard of so-called smart homes, but you may not have heard of the next logical step: smart cities. It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds – in fact, it’s happening now.

American cities are already adopting new technologies intended to improve urban living.

Critics of increased surveillance argue that it violates our civil rights as an invasion of privacy and enables unreasonable search. Supporters, meanwhile, say that people have no expectation of privacy when traveling through the areas under watch. When an individual doesn’t like a private company’s privacy policies, they can refuse to do business with them. But when they don’t like their government’s privacy policy, do they have the ability to opt out?

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Marin Ivezic is a Cybersecurity & Privacy Partner in PwC Canada focused on risks of emerging technologies. He leads PwC’s global 5G cybersecurity efforts as well as industrial, IoT and critical infrastructure cybersecurity services in the region. All these focus areas are being transformed with the emergence of 5G, massive IoT (mIoT) and critical IoT (cIoT). Marin worked with critical infrastructure protection organizations in a dozen countries, 20+ of the top 100 telecom companies, and a number of technology companies on understanding the geopolitics of 5G; uncovering as-yet-unknown security and privacy risks of 5G, AI and IoT; and defining novel security and privacy approaches to address emerging technology risks.

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