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Google plans to create smart city, privacy problems threaten the project


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at
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Google’s plans to create a smart city in Canada face stiff opposition to privacy concerns, despite its innovative technological ideas, including automated garbage bins, ice-melting docks and self-driving taxis.

According to the daily Mail, these concerns about privacy include threats to sell data collected by city systems, so residents launched an opposition movement called “#BlockSidewalk” in response to the mystery of Google Sidewalk Labs, which is planning so far.

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Leaked documents indicate that the company is considering expanding its Smart City area in return for increased project profits. The public reaction follows a lawsuit recently filed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Union, which wants to shut down the project because of privacy concerns.

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The goal of the plan is to revitalize the accumulated waterfront in Toronto and develop it to be one of the most technologically advanced and data-driven areas in any of the world’s cities. All kinds of future amenities, from self-driving taxis, automated waste collection, And traffic lights that track pedestrian movements and sidewalks that automatically melt snow.

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However, the project’s resistance is growing in the form of a public campaign and a lawsuit as the company fails to ease concerns that it will not misuse data collected by Smart City.

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