Smart home technology has exploded in popularity on the consumer side – Smart speakers, cameras, thermostats, light bulbs, doorbells, and door locks. All is fine and dandy if you’re the one setting up the devices, right? But, what if you didn’t have an option? That seems to be the case for some New York tenants who are against the use of smart locks for their building in fear it will be used maliciously by their landlords.
A cnet article explains further,
“Like homeowners, who are flocking to connected devices like smart locks and doorbells, landlords see the benefits that come from upgrading their units with smart security. It gives them greater control of access to their buildings and can eliminate the costs and hassles associated with lockouts and rekeying doors.
But smart locks aren’t sitting well with tenants, who have no control over the changes and fear they open the door to security and privacy threats. In a worst-case scenario, landlords could abuse this technology to track and harass residents.”
Seems that some tenants are also worried about malicious hackers and data being sold to marketers, as well.
Currently, there are no laws stating a landlord has to use traditional methods of entry, which could lead to a gray area of what technology can be installed for locks. New York State assembly member, Linda Rosenthal, is hoping to provide legislation that would help restrict data that landlords can gather, and also guarantee tenant would be able to have traditional methods of getting into their building’s entrances, homes, etc.
You can read the full story, here.
I think this is a very interesting case – On one hand, I can see why the tenants don’t want to use a smart phone to unlock the smart locks, and are fearful it may be misused. On the other, I see landlords as just wanting to provide sufficient security with the latest technology.
What’s your take on this use of smart lock tech?