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Privacy and the Internet of Things

Big data analytics promises to bring many benefits including increased security, safety, insight, and understanding about how to best support highly valued public services. Conversely, such analytics could be used to inappropriately violate individual privacy that could bring both immediate harm and cause long-term unintended consequences unless the data is secured and protected. With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), the volume of data that will be subject to analysis will increase many times over. The nature of the data will also change because these devices will capture a wide-range of human activities that could be linked to individual behaviours through deep analytics. This talk will discuss how personal privacy is at risk now and how the introduction of the IoT complicates and expands related concerns.

Speaker:  Ken Barker, Ph.D., I.S.P., ITCP

Dr Barker is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Calgary and has more than two decades of experience working with industrial computer systems and has consulting experience in the design of commercial databases. He has interest in system integration, distributed systems, and the privacy and security of data repositories. Dr. Barker has published over 200 peer reviewed publications in areas such as distributed systems, software engineering, transaction systems, simulations, spatial database systems, social networks, geographical information systems, astro-informatics, privacy and security.

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