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Groups Urge PUC to Protect Smart Meter Data

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

March 12, 2010

As smart meters are deployed in California, advocates are urging the state's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to adopt rules and regulations to protect the privacy of consumers' energy data. Smart meters will record household electricity consumption down to the appliance level. In a joint filing, the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the PUC to adopt "comprehensive privacy standards for the collection, retention, use and disclosure" of the data, infoZine reports. The recommendations call for transparency on how data is used and restrictions on data disclosure. "We must have meaningful rules to protect this extremely sensitive information," says EFF lawyer Lee Tien.
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