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The number of privacy disputes caused by the cat's eye function of smart door locks is increasing

Issuing time:2024-03-09 13:45

With the increasing popularity of smart home technology, smart door locks have been favored by consumers for their convenience and safety. However, a recent privacy dispute case triggered by the cat eye function of smart door locks has prompted people to re-examine the legality and moral boundaries of this technology.


The plaintiff, Li, lived in a residential area in Beijing and found that the smart door lock of neighbor Wang's house was equipped with a cat eye function, which can capture and record real-time movements in the hallway, including the entry and exit situation of Li's house. Li believes that this behavior seriously infringes on his privacy rights, so he sued Wang to the court, demanding the removal of the smart door lock and compensation for mental losses.


Case analysis


In this case, the focus of the dispute between the two parties mainly focuses on whether the smart door lock cat eye function infringes on Li's privacy rights. During the trial, the court conducted a detailed technical analysis and legal evaluation of the cat eye function of the smart door lock.


From a technical perspective, the cat's eye function of smart door locks does have the ability to capture and record real-time information inside the corridor. These information, including but not limited to the entry and exit situation of neighbors, lifestyle habits, etc., all belong to the category of personal privacy. Therefore, if the cat's eye function is abused or used without authorization, it is easy to cause privacy disputes.


From a legal perspective, China's Civil Code and other laws and regulations clearly stipulate the principles of protecting individual privacy rights. No organization or individual shall illegally collect, use, process, transmit or disclose the personal information of others. In this case, if Wang used the cat's eye function of the smart door lock to capture and record Li's personal information without Li's consent, it clearly violated relevant laws and regulations.


Do manufacturers need to avoid privacy issues related to cat eyes


This case not only sparked social attention and discussion on the function of smart door lock cat eyes, but also sounded an alarm for manufacturers. In recent years, there have been more and more privacy disputes caused by smart door lock cat eyes. As product designers and manufacturers, manufacturers must fully consider the legitimacy and ethical boundaries of their products while pursuing technological innovation and market competitiveness.


Firstly, manufacturers should fully consider privacy protection issues during the product design phase. For example, the shooting range and angle of the cat's eye function can be limited through technical means to avoid shooting in the private space of neighbors; Alternatively, set up a user authorization mechanism to ensure that only authorized users can use the Cat's Eye feature.


Secondly, manufacturers should strengthen consumer education and risk warning during product promotion and sales. Clearly inform consumers of the scope and limitations of use of the smart door lock cat eye function, guide consumers to use the function reasonably, and respect the privacy rights of others. At the same time, manufacturers should also provide timely technical support and solutions for potential privacy leakage risks.


Finally, manufacturers should actively cooperate with government departments, industry associations, and other organizations to jointly promote the healthy and orderly development of the smart door lock industry. By establishing industry standards and strengthening regulatory measures, we ensure that smart door lock products not only ensure user safety but also fully respect and protect their privacy rights.


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