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Your landlord turns your apartment into a smart home. Now what?
Not everyone wants a smart home. Those who have it forced on them don't feel
safe in their own residences.
Daniel Bishop remembers the day he stopped feeling safe in his own home.
In January, Bishop and his neighbors at an apartment complex in San Jose,
California, got a message from their property manager.
Every apartment was going to become a smart home, with a connected lock, water
sensors, a smart thermostat and a wireless control hub to manage it all. There
was a meet-and-greet event five days later for tenants who had questions, and
then about two weeks later, the homes were fully converted.
Bishop, like many of his neighbors, didn't ask for this, and he didn't have a
say in the change. It was his landlord's decision, and so on installation day,
Feb. 1, he looked at his new smart lock and tried typing in the unlock code that
was texted to him.
It didn't work. For nearly an hour, the software entrepreneur worked with the
property manager to open his smart lock. A maintenance worker finally fixed it
by connecting the hub to Bishop's personal home network without asking for his
permission, which he took as a serious breach of privacy.
Landlords are, in theory, in your apartment every day collecting information.
Kathleen McGee, former chief of the New York State attorney general's internet
Bishop's story underscores the growing -- but awkward -- embrace of smart-home
technology. Filling your abode with a collection of internet-connected devices
is a trend that's sweeping across homes everywhere, even if it potentially
creates security vulnerabilities. It's also caught on with apartment landlords,
who see smart-home technology as a way to attract more tenants and save money
through monitoring of energy and water usage. But the aggressive embrace of
innovation could leave tenants, who don't have a say in the upgrades, steaming.
"My fiancee saw me and said, 'you look absolutely furious,' and it's because I
am," Bishop said. "You don't have control in this situation, and it's being
thrust upon you."
Smart-home gadgets can collect data on residents and sell it to advertisers.
Then there are the hacks. But with regulations lagging behind deployments, often
the only recourse tenants have for opting out of their new smart home is to move
"They suddenly have to choose between no home and a place where they perceive
themselves to be spied on," said Kathleen McGee, the former chief of the New
York State attorney general's internet bureau.