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The Implications of Current and Emerging Privacy Law for ITS

Thursday, September 10
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT
Room 1130, Mechanical Engineering Building

Part of the Fall 2009 Advanced Transportation Technologies Seminar Series.

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As intelligent transportation systems (ITS) incorporate data-gathering and compiling systems into the transportation infrastructure, questions about privacy implications stemming from the potential misallocation or abuse of collected data have started to arise. The United States has no comprehensive national regulatory structure for privacy, leaving answers to these privacy questions to be found through a consideration of variety of sources of federal and state privacy law.

This study examines a number of the areas where privacy law could affect ITS projects. To address these concerns, developers and planners of ITS technologies have to navigate a myriad of legal considerations and consequences that correspond with the ways in which they utilize the technologies and the information they collect. In an attempt to assist in that endeavor, the study suggests tools for ITS developers and planners that explain the level of restrictions that correspond with different kinds of information being collected.

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Frank Douma is the assistant director of the State and Local Policy Program at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a research scholar at the Center for Transportation Studies, both located at the University of Minnesota. He manages research projects related to several different areas of transportation policy, including impacts of developments in information and communications technologies (ICT) and urban corridor development.

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