Via The Verge
Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, recently announced that they will be shutting down Quayside, a plan to turn part of Toronto’s waterfront into a high-tech smart city.
Sidewalk Labs claimed the decision was made due to the economic uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus crisis and Waterfront Toronto, the non-profit partner representing Canada’s government, said they were not involved in the decision to end the project.
The announcement seems to be a victory for privacy. The project and the company faced criticism for years around several privacy topics such as the collection of data, whether Alphabet/Google would monetize or sell the data, the fact that there would be no clear opt-out method and the fact that surveillance was built into the smart-city project itself.
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