Open Data Privacy


Green, B., Cunningham, G., Ekblaw, A., Kominers, P., Linzer, A. & Crawford, S. (2017). Open Data Privacy. Cambridge: Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Retrieved March 09, 2017 from http://

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open data, smart cities, privacy


Cities today collect and store a wide range of data that may contain sensitive information about residents. As cities embrace open data initiatives, more of this information is released to the public. While opening data has many important benefits, sharing data comes with inherent risks to individual privacy: released data can reveal information about individuals that would otherwise not be public knowledge. The goal of this document is to take a first step toward codifying responsible privacy-protective approaches and processes that could be adopted by cities and other groups that are publicly releasing data.