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If unit owners are turning their units into smart homes,
uses the lock and when. The phone app
could collect data from the phone as well,
including the location of the phone at any
given time. Such data could be harvested
by the product manufacturer and then
sold or used for its own purposes.
In the condominium context, the end
users are not the actual purchasers of
the product. This complicates the situation further. Presently, users generally
must opt into the services that allow
companies to collect their data. That
affirmative choice comes into question
when the people whose data is being
collected had no choice. For instance,
where a smart device system is installed
on a common access door or when a
smart camera or thermostat is installed
in a common hallway. In such cases, unit
owners could claim that the data collection was in violation of their rights to
privacy and anonymity. However, such
arguments can be refuted in situations
where the installation was first subject to
an improvement vote by the community.

why shouldn't boards do the same with common areas?
Questions continue in the context of
data breaches. In 2014, Will Pelgrin,
President and CEO of the Center for
Internet Security said, "[There have]
been nearly 600 million breaches of
records since 2005. Those are the reported ones."2 Since then, the world has
continued to see high numbers of data
breaches. Associations could run afoul
of data privacy regulations if owners'
data is part of a company's data breach
and there are questions about whether
the owners provided affirmative consent
for the device manufacturer's collection
of their data. Given the nascent state
of the law in this area, answers are not
clear. Arguably, the association might
face the same requirements as the data
collector in terms of notifying owners
of the breach. Additionally, in a dispute
between unit owners and the product
manufacturer, the association would
be caught in the middle as the actual

purchaser and owner of the smart device.
Recent developments in regulatory
law reflect increasing emphasis on
privacy. The European Union's General
Data Protection Regulation and
California's similar Consumer Privacy
Act of 2018 are both designed to provide
consumers with great control over their
data privacy rights, such as the right
of deletion, the right to be forgotten,
and data portability.3 Again, questions
arise in the condominium context.
The association owns the smart devices,
but the unit owners are the actual end
users. This scenario generates several
unanswered questions: "Who gets to
exercise the data privacy rights?";
"Does the data belong to the association
as the device owner or the unit owners as
the ones actually generating the data?";
and "Does the shared ownership interest allow either the association or a unit
owner to exercise those rights?"

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