Canada, The Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and Waterfront Toronto established a partnership between themselves and Sidewalk Labs (Google’s sister company) to create a smart city project located in downtown Toronto waterfront. This project would be a sensor-laden neighbourhood, collecting data on people who live work or visit the area. Our right to privacy here under the Charter is being violated. The way this project was conceived puts many of the rights people in Canada value at risk.
Michael Bryant, CCLA’s Execuitive Director and General Counsel, was a keynote speaker at CBA’s Access to Information and Privacy Law Symposium on the topic of Privacy in Smart Cities. You can read his speech, Wrong Horse, Wrong End of the Cart, Wrong Justification for Annihilation of Privacy, here.