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Privacy authorities urge federal government to consider privacy in Smart Cities Challenge proposals

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Apr 27, 2018

Federal, provincial, and territorial privacy protection authorities, including Manitoba Ombudsman, sent a letter to the federal government asking that it consider privacy and security of personal information in the selection, design and implementation of winning proposals in Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge. 

The letter outlines a number of controls that privacy authorities would expect to see in initiatives, such as data minimization, de-identification, transparency, meaningful consent and using tools such as privacy impact assessments. 

The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across Canada. Communities were invited to develop proposals for innovative solutions to their most pressing challenges using data and connected technologies. Finalists will be subject to applicable access and privacy laws in their jurisdictions.