04 Oct Google’s Canadian Smart City Plans Raise Privacy Concerns
Sidewalk Labs, a unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is reportedly planning to develop an 800-acre smart city in Toronto which will be the most “wired” community in history.
However, the plan, which was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former Alphabet top exec Eric Schmidt last October, is generating criticisms and concerns on privacy. Former BlackBerry Chief Executive Jim Balsillie said that “The Waterfront Toronto executives and board are too dumb to realize they are getting played,” implying that Google went into the project mainly to gather the data of Canadians and turn it into an urban laboratory.
It is said that the complaints had prompted Waterfront Toronto to redo its agreement to allow greater involvement of the city and federal government.
Source: Seattle Times