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Commissioner: Smart Grid Data Must be Protected

DATA PROTECTION—CANADA

May 12, 2010

Energy Minister Brad Duguid says he is taking the advice of Ontario's information and privacy commissioner "very seriously" when it comes to protecting customer information on the smart grid, the Toronto Star reports. In her 2009 Annual Report, released yesterday, Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said that although Ontario is "leading the game," in incorporating privacy into the grid, vigilance must be maintained. Cavoukian said that "right now is the ideal time" to insure the protection of customers' household energy data. "This is a treasure trove of information. We want to make sure privacy is the default."
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