Keyless “Smart Access” Technologies
|Keyless “Smart Access” Technologies|
|Short Title||Keyless Technologies Allow Landlords Track Tenants|
|Solove Harm||Surveillance, Aggregation|
|Information||Behavioral, Identifying, Public Life, Family, Contact, Computer Device|
|High Risk Groups|
|Tangible Harms||Inconvenience, Anxiety|
Keyless "smart access" technologies that use fobs, pin codes, smartphone apps allow landlords access a fast amount of personal data of tenants.
Keyless or “smart access” technologies are the technologies, that use fobs, pin codes, smartphone apps or biometric recognition instead of keys to enter a house.
Every time a tenant taps into their apartment or building with a fob, a piece of reference data is created and tracked by their landlord or property manager. This is an example of Surveillance.
This data gives landlords the ability to know when a tenant is home, who the tenant shares access with and how often, when the tenant’s kids come home from school. Some smart home systems give landlords access to a resident’s utility data, such as heat, electricity and Wi-Fi usage rates.
As of December 2019 there is not a single law anywhere in the United States that protects tenant data.
A 72-year old New Yorker told the media, she was forced to use the new smart locks with build-in cameras. She said she didn't want to be tracked, but gave in because otherwise she would have lost the access to the elevators and mailboxes. She took a key card, which is registered with her phone number and email address. This can be seen as Aggregation.
Laws and Regulations