Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Policy Brief

Policy brief #25: Connecting the dots – smarter cities work together

This policy brief addresses common challenges for smart city projects under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. We discuss ‘on the ground’ realities that may imperil the protection of personal data: innovation strategies, technology push, open data and data sharing, and vendor lock-in. Based on imec-SMIT’s extensive experience in smart city projects, we recommend early consideration of data protection in project planning, sharing budgets and lessons learned, carefully balancing citizen needs with technology push, coordinating tools and procurement, and overall: ‘connecting the dots’, closer collaboration.

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