Cities Have New Tool to Improve Transportation Data Privacy

New forms of mobility, and the growth of movement and other data generated and collected by the thousands of bikes, scooters, ride-hailing vehicles and even delivery bots, has led to new concerns around personal privacy.

As such, the Mobility Data Collaborative — made up of public- and private-sector organizations, in partnership with the Future of Privacy Forum — has developed a new tool to help cities navigate the shifting world of transportation data.

“The main goal of this is to enable mobility data sharing, but in a responsible way that takes into consideration individual privacy, which may or may not be regulated by privacy laws, depending on the jurisdiction,” said Chelsey Colbert, policy counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum. “It also takes into consideration community interests and community equities, and encourages that transparency to the public.”