American Society of Civil Engineers

The Internet of Things and Personal Privacy Protection

by Jing Zhang, (Business School of Hohai University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210098, China. E-mail: and Liuqi Ye, (Key Laboratory of Data Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, Ministry of Education, Renmin University of China, Beijing, 100872, China. E-mail:
Section: Volume IV - System Optimization and Simulation Models, pp. 2892-2898, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: ICLEM 2010: Logistics For Sustained Economic Development: Infrastructure, Information, Integration
Abstract: Protecting personal privacy and its right are a respect for the human rights, the necessary condition for healthy development of a democratic society and the important criteria of maintaining the basic dignity to be human. The internet of things with its ubiquitous data-aware and intelligent information processing capabilities, improves social efficiency and severe challenges for information security and privacy. In this environment, how to ensure information security and privacy are a major breakthrough in one of the obstacles and an important issue that must be addressed and resolved in the developing process of the internet of things. Thus, in the development of it, we should follow the basic principles of protecting personal privacy such as the entire management, legal compliance, security, adding information, balance and accountability, and establish such models of protecting personal privacy as laws, industry self-regulation and technology to fully protect the inviolability of personal privacy, and remove obstacles and barriers for the applications of the internet of things.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Information technology (IT)