Contractors may use software designed for collecting personal information to create and compile a “library” of information about particular clients. Some contractors may also use automated surveillance systems that may use microphone and video equipment to observe people who come and go from your home. If the surveillance system identifies an individual who it believes may be utilizing your home or building for illegal activity, the software may use that information to identify and report the person to appropriate law enforcement authorities. In some jurisdictions, contractors may use a hidden camera in residential homes without first obtaining permission from the homeowner. Without a homeowner’s permission, a contractor may use a video or hidden camera to obtain additional information about a residential property without the permission of the homeowner.
Realtors and marketing partners may use automated online tools to access and gather data about residential property owners. The collected information may be used to target mail and telemarketing efforts to homeowners who have expressed interest in foreclosures or who have been contacted by other entities regarding real estate transactions. In addition, real estate privacy policies may prohibit marketing partnerships with companies that make use of the internet to collect additional information about residential property owners. Such partnerships may include companies that use automated online tools to obtain information about homes for sale.