Many Danes fear smart city services may cause data misuse

Friday 11 March 2016 | 12:27 CET | News

Danish regional electricity and broadband provider NRGi said a survey it commissioned from Megafon found support for digital smart city services that make life more convenient, but that there is concern about abuse of personal information. It said 77 percent of respondents in the online survey carried out in September 2015 said more tax revenue should be invested in smart town services. Meanwhile 45 percent said they would be unwilling to supply the data to make such services possible.

NRGI added that 28 percent of respondents were ‘very concerned’ about data misuse. NRGi CEO Soren Sorensen said public scepticism must be taken into consideration when developing smart city services.

Martin Brynskov, a researcher for AU Smart Cities at Aarhus University, said trust needs to be built,, as well as a national smart city data sharing policy with clear ethical and legal guidelines.

The Danish Foreign Ministry has recently done a national survey of the potential for smart city developments, said NRGi, and has plans for a strategy that would take into account IT security and data use.

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