“I imagined us creating a Smart City of Privacy, as opposed to a Smart City of Surveillance.”
These words come from the resignation letter of privacy expert Ann Cavoukian
, who was hired last year by Sidewalk Labs
to give legitimacy to its smart-city project in Toronto. However, a year into the project, the company hasn’t committed to the privacy measures Cavoukian laid out as necessary, forcing her to resign.
This comes just weeks after another high profile resignation
hit the project when Saadia Muzaffar
, co-founder of Tech Reset Canada, left Waterfront Toronto’s Digital Strategy Advisory Panel over the long list of problems that have emerged with the project.
In response to Cavoukian’s resignation, Jacob Siegel wrote a piece for Tablet calling her judgement into question
, stating it’s “rather astounding if we’re being honest—and charitable—to imagine a privacy expert believing that Google had ever planned to build anything other than a smart city of surveillance.”
“In the end,” he concluded, “you can have your privacy or your smart city but you can’t have both.”