Smart city tech branded 'invasive' by privacy campaign groups

"Broadband firm CityFibre and strategic partner Vodafone have invested £30 million in Peterborough’s fibre network, setting up internet of things (IoT) sensors in three sites around the city.

Some of these sensors are used to monitor humidity and condensation in buildings, while environmental sensors addressed wasted heat in communal areas. But, there is also noise sensors which monitor unauthorised activity in vacant properties.

These sensors have caught the attention of privacy campaigners Big Brother Watch, which says it turns Peterborough’s housing estates into “surveillance zones”."

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