Be Smart about Smart Grid Privacy
PERSONAL PRIVACYFebruary 19, 2010
Like the toaster and blender, smart meters are expected to become household items within the next several years. Already, there are more than a million in Ontario, and in Boulder, Colorado, every home has one. Smart meters will record household electricity consumption--down to the appliance level--offering new information that is expected to help consumers manage their energy consumption. But advocates are warning that privacy safeguards must be incorporated into their design. In a CBC News report, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian, who recently co-authored a whitepaper on the topic, says, "If privacy is to live well into the future, we can no longer rely on regulatory compliance."