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Man Protests Smart Meter Installation

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

March 16, 2010

A California man is refusing to allow Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to install a smart meter at his home, citing an unconstitutional invasion of his privacy. Smart meters report household electricity consumption back to utility companies, sometimes down to the appliance level. "It permits PG&E to actually come into your home at any time during the day," the man says. "This is corporate intrusion on your life." He has locked up his current meter and claims it will take a court order and a "whole bunch of police officers," before PG&E can replace it, CBS 5 reports. Meanwhile, in a joint filing to the California Public Utilities Commission last week, privacy advocates called for new rules on the collection and use of smart meter data.
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