L. (Lorenzo) Dalla Corte



Lorenzo obtained a five-year master of arts in law from LUISS Guido Carli in Rome and a LL.M. in law and technology from Tilburg Law School's TILT.  Prior to joining TU Delft, he worked as a legal researcher for the EU FP7 A4Cloud project; he is now a doctoral candidate at TU Delft's Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and at Tilburg Law School's Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society.  He is also a member of the Privacy & Identity Lab ( PI.lab), a multidisciplinary scientific institute devoted to the study of privacy, data protection, and digital identity.


Privacy, data protection, open data, surveillance.


SPOW – Safeguarding data Protection in an Open data World . The EU policy on open data aims at generating value through the re-use of public sector information, such as geographical data. Open data policies should be applied in full compliance with the principles relating to the protection of personal data as safeguarded in the European data protection legal framework. Increased computer power, advancing data mining techniques and the proliferation of publicly available big data extend the scope of the European data protection legal framework to much more (geographic) data than currently assumed and acted upon and could in effect obstruct the implementation of open data policies in the EU. Given the importance of open (geographical) data for smart city concepts, the imbalance between open data and data protection regulations may block the further development and implementation of smart cities.  A balanced co-design of both open data regulations and data protection is needed as arguments relating to potential privacy infringements may raise obstacles to innovation and economic development. On the other hand the uncontrolled availability of public datasets will lead to more profiling, with chilling effects on individual freedom and a reduction in democratic accountability.  This research aims to effectively co-design open data and privacy/data protection into a legal construct (a balancing model) that supports the benefits and protects the interests of both, while being able to cope with technological change. Such co-design is core to the development of smart cities and the infrastructures supporting them.

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