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Surveillance, data control concerns persist as Sidewalk Labs’ smart city development takes next step

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 @ 9:34 AM | By Amanda Jerome

The development of a smart city community on Toronto’s waterfront may seem like a sci-fi scenario, but legal academics and researchers are raising real privacy, surveillance and data control concerns with Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs’ development plans.

The two organizations took the next step to creating a smart city by signing a Plan Development Agreement (PDA) on July 31, which “governs the two organizations” as they develop the Quayside area.

The business relationship began in March 2017 after Sidewalk Labs, a business owned by Google’s...