(April 30, 2019, 9:33 AM EDT) In my first article on data and Sidewalk Labs, I argued the case for a public sector governance regime for Google’s proposed Quayside “innovative urban district” on Toronto’s waterfront. The case is premised on the aspect of the proposal that would see significant collection of personal information in public spaces within the district – in effect “filling in the gaps” in the data collected from private spaces, including mobile phones, connected devices and in-home sensors.
What could public sector data governance look like?
Firstly, the private versus public character of the entity collecting the data must be addressed. Secondly, ethical rules for not only the methodologies of collection but also the use and application of the resulting data should be developed. Finally, an oversight framework should be in place, recognizing that ensuring compliance with existing privacy laws, as well as the ethical rules, will be a critical requirement.
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