Privacy concerns mount over tech-based apartment building access

By Sarina Trangle

A building management team in East New York told tenants keys would not be an option once a biometric facial scanning security system is installed, their attorneys said. 

Residents of a Hell's Kitchen loft are in court seeking mechanical keys to the main lobby, their sole path to the elevator. And on the Upper West Side, a tenant said she and her neighbors feared the landlord would transition away from the traditional lock system. 

Residence buildings are considering technology that promises quick, convenient entry for tenants and their guests with biometrics, facial recognition, phone apps and personalized codes, but their traditional counterparts are still required by city rules.

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