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Curtis: Build Privacy Into "Smart" Projects

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

April 1, 2010

Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis has warned that privacy protections must be built into smart infrastructure projects, reports Australian Financial Review. Speaking at a recent smart infrastructure conference at Parliament House, Curtis said, "There's a temptation to use this rich new data source for more than it was originally intended. In the privacy world, that's call function creep." She described ways that smart meter data could be used to promote products or aid burglars, for example, at the expense of citizens' privacy. "Most of us think of what we do in our home as sacrosanct," she said. "We don't want to live in a surveillance society." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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