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The Privacy Implications of Smart Cities


MacMaster University



Project Leader(s)

Sara Bannerman, Associate Professor


The Privacy Implications of Smart Cities project provides a deeper understanding of the privacy implications of smart cities in Canada. The results of this project are available on the project’s website, which outlines the types of smart city technologies in use within major Canadian cities and the privacy concerns that such technologies raise.

First, a national survey of Canadians provides a deeper understanding of Canadians’ concerns and desires regarding smart city privacy. Second, an interactive map provides an educational tour of some of the smart city technologies in use in major Canadian cities, along with a discussion of their known privacy implications. Third, a detailed legal analysis gives an overview of smart city privacy jurisdiction, principles, and use cases. Fourth, a set of draft recommendations for smart city projects puts the project’s findings into practical terms.

For policymakers and legislators, this project provides deeper understanding of the privacy concerns raised by Canadians that can act as a framework for legislators and technology developers. It suggests possible policy and legislative responses to address these concerns. The researchers recommend “no-go zones” and “proceed with caution zones” for smart city technologies—actions that should be prohibited under all circumstances and actions that municipalities should approach with caution.

Project deliverables are available in the following language(s):


OPC Funded Project

This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.

Contact Information

Sara Bannerman
Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia
Togo Salmon Hall, Room 302 McMaster University
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4L8
(905) 525-9140 ext. 23722

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