06 Oct Advisor to Google’s Toronto Smart City Project Resigns Over Privacy Concerns
It was reported this week that one of the members of Waterfront Toronto’s Digital Strategy Advisory Panel, which is involved in Alphabet’s smart city project had reportedly resigned from her post as an advisor.
In a lengthy resignation letter, Saadia Muzaffar said that Sidewalk Labs’ project did not take seriously the data privacy concerns raised by Torontonians. She elaborated that there had been blatant disregard for concerns on digital infrastructure and the focus was instead on appearances and things that no one had contested during the entire process.
However, acting CEO of Waterfront Toronto Michael Nobrega responded by saying that the project is well-supported by external privacy and legal experts including a former Federal Privacy Commissioner, and they continue to welcome the comments and interest of members of the community.