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Dr. Gérald Santucci

Head of Unit “Networked Enterprise and RFID” – European Commission

Speaks at ID WORLD on Future of ID

Gérald Santucci was appointed Head of the Unit Networked Enterprise & Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in March 2007. The unit’s portfolio includes some 40 R&D projects, grouped around two clusters: Future Internet Enterprise Systems and Internet of Things.

The adoption by the European Commission of a Communication on RFID (March 2007) constituted a first milestone towards the achievement of a European policy framework regarding RFID. Work underway includes the monitoring of the EC Recommendation on the implementation of privacy and data protection principles in RFID-enabled applications (May 2009), with special emphasis on privacy and data protection impact assessments and on signage, the EC Communication on the Internet of Things (June 2009), and the mandate to European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs) on privacy and security aspects of RFID (M/436). Gérald is the acting chairman of the Expert Group on the Internet of Things, composed of about 50 stakeholders from Law, Economics and Technology, which is tasked with advising the EC on Internet of Things evolution and associated public policy challenges. In addition, Gérald is highly committed to develop cooperation with Europe’s international partners, such as Japan, China, Korea, U.S., Brazil and Australia, in order to promote the exchange of information and best practices and the definition of global or harmonised standards and regulations in the emerging field of Internet of Things.

Over the years, Gérald has gained extensive experience in the activities of the Directorate-General through his involvement in research management, including heading the Unit “Applications relating to Administrations” 1999-2002, the Unit “Trust and Security” 2003, and “ICT for Enterprise Networking” 2004-2006.

Gérald holds a Master’s degree from the Institute for Political Studies in Paris, and a Ph.D. in Microeconomics from the University of Paris 12 Val-de-Marne.

“PRIVACY, DATA PROTECTION AND SECURITY IN THE INTERNET OF THINGS ERA”

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging global internet-based information infrastructure that facilitates the exchange of goods and services, thus enabling not only machine-to-machine communications but also human-to-object (and vice versa) and object-to-object communications. The most realistic forecast points out that by the end of the decade a population of 7 billion people will cohabit with a world of 50 billion connected devices. In fact, anything that can benefit from a network connection will be connected. The technology of the Internet of Things is still in discussion, in particular within the IoT Expert Group chaired by the European Commission, and many technical challenges loom ahead – storeability, addressability, findability, realtimeability, interpretability, etc. However, realising the full potential of IoT requires the establishment of an adequate legal framework in order to allow for an effective introduction of the new information infrastructure and the developing new services while ensuring data security and privacy protection. The IoT marks a technological disruption that impacts security and privacy protection and, therefore, summons a new thinking and a new vision to these concepts. In particular, the possibility of object-to-object communications based on identification and location, will allow for new ways to process information, bringing automated information management to a next level. The presentation will review the main elements of the policy debate in a context where the IoT bears the potential to multiply the exchange and processing of information as well as the possibilities of automated decisions made by objects on behalf of, or for humans.

 

Speaking on November 3


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