Smart buildings and data laws: an unfamiliar regulatory landscape


This article was first published in Estates Gazette, August 2017
Buildings are evolving rapidly to capture the data of their occupants. Hannah Crowther sets out the law governing its use.
So-called “smart buildings” are allowing an unprecedented insight into the way that buildings are used by their occupants. No longer limited to people counters and grainy CCTV, new interconnected technology allows buildings to capture detailed information at a granular level, using – among other things – cameras and motion, pressure and heat sensors to create rich data sets. This information can be further combined with, for example, individual employee passes to allow for an almost complete picture of an individual’s working day.
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Hannah Crowther


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