Free Public Lecture: Privacy, Security and Data Protection in Smart Cities: a Critical EU Perspective

The Adelaide Law School invites you to attend a free public lecture by Lilian Edwards, Professor of E-Governance from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Lilian will be sharing learnings from her paper titled ‘Privacy, security and data protection in smart cities: a critical EU perspective’.

When: Thursday 15 September, 5pm.

Where: Lecture Theatre 2, Ligertwood Building. University of Adelaide North Terrace campus.

RSVP: Please register your attendance online.

Privacy, security and data protection in smart cities: a critical EU perspective

Smart cities are a  buzzword of the moment. Although legal interest is growing  most academic responses  are still from the technological, urban studies, environmental and sociological rather than legal sectors and  have primarily laid emphasis on the social, urban, policing and environmental benefits of smart cities, rather than their challenges. However a growing backlash from the privacy and surveillance sectors warns of the potential threat to personal privacy posed by smart cities. A key issue is the lack of opportunity in an ambient or smart city environment for the giving of meaningful consent to processing of personal data; other issues include the degree to which smart cities data collects private data from inevitable public interactions,  and the “privatisation” of infrastructure and hence data collection in the typical smart city.

This paper, drawing on engagement with smart city development in Glasgow as well as the results of a global conference in the area curated by the author, argues that smart cities combine the two greatest current threats to personal privacy, with which regulation has so far failed to deal effectively; the Internet of Things or “ubiquitous computing”; and “Big Data”. These issues are prominent as unresolved issues in the chequered recent history of reforming European data protection.   I will discuss  the law might controls threats to personal privacy from smart city living, and suggest further research on two possible solutions: one, a mandatory holistic privacy impact assessment exercise for smart cities: two, code solutions for giving consent to collection of data in ambient environments .See Edwards L “Privacy, security and data protection in smart cities: a critical EU perspective” (2016) 2 EDPL 28.

Lilian Edwards, Professor of E-Governance. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Lilian Edwards is a UK Professor of Internet Law and Intellectual Property at the University of Strathclyde. She is on the Advisory Board of the Open Rights Group and the Foundation for Internet Privacy Research. Her academic career includes Strathclyde University, Edinburgh University, University of Southampton, University of Sheffield. Lilian returned to Scotland to become a Professor of E-Governance at Strathclyde University while retaining close links with the renamed SCRIPT (AHRC Centre) at Edinburgh. She has co-edited (with Charlotte Waelde) three editions of Law and the Internet. She won the Barbara Wellberry Memorial Prize in 2004 for work on online privacy. She is Associate Director, and was co-founder, of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for IP and Technology Law (now SCRIPT). Edwards has consulted for the EU Commission, the OECD, and WIPO. Edwards is Deputy Director of CREATe, the Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology, a Research Councils UK research centre about copyright and business models.




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