Smart Cities do not mean the Death of Privacy
I think this title is a bit shocking but it hits home with so many people. I read an article with the same title here: (

The article then states

"Privacy advocates should gird themselves; a bold future is rapidly approaching, and it’s certain to put them to the ultimate test when it comes to securing citizen’s privacy and data."

The article had a few more points:

More connections mean less privacy! "If there’s one defining trait of smart cities, it’s their interconnectedness." The price to pay for luxury? "So, what are privacy advocates to do? In truth, the answer is complicated, and at times wholly unsavory. If citizens want to enjoy the luxurious and booming lifestyles of smart city residents, they’ll need to be prepared to make some sacrifices." Well, this author is by ignorant at best as he asserts this problem to "Smart Cities" and truly does not provide any solution. Let's start with privacy as of today. If you look at the world of cell phones or online shopping you will find one in which privacy has been killed for many years. This same problem could absolutely spill over to the smart city if it was not being governed by emerging regulation, and exist in a PUBLIC SPACE without opt in's.

If you want a cell phone with GPS, apps and all the other content at your fingertips you opt-in. And with that opt-in, you are giving up all or most privacy. Now a few new devices are being created without the intrusion but don't expect them to be as cost-effective as that phone you currently own which is paid for (in part) by the data/insights created from its use. So let us agree that nothing is worse than the current cell phone and online shopping experience by these vendors.

Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and even Foursquare and Inrix = They are the worst privacy violators in the history of humankind. They add value and improve services with the data but are still violating you in my opinion. I actually think all of them are fantastic companies but the problem is deep in the market.

Now let's examine the statement "More connections mean less privacy!"

This statement is true if the data which is being collected is then correlated with other data. The connection itself is not a violation or a problem for privacy. It's the data on the back end that can be sold. So connection increase is good and data correlation and sales can be bad. Make sure you understand this is followed by an OPT-IN which you will need to agree to for this to happen. So in effect, you are enabling the bad behavior by opting in.