April 25, 2019 Article

Someone’s Always Watching: Mitigating Enforcement Risk from Citizen Monitoring and Crowdsourced Data

Property owners with environmental compliance requirements must increasingly be aware of what sensor technology is available and how it can be utilized.

By Bina Reddy and Matt Schneider

Advances in technology have rapidly driven down the costs of mobile sensors that can detect and measure environmental pollutants, particularly in the areas of air and water quality. This has resulted in a dramatic proliferation in the use of such sensors by citizens and has created a paradigm shift in who generates monitoring data, how that data is used, and its use in government and non-governmental regulatory and litigation enforcement of environmental permits and other legal requirements.

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