European Data Protection Digest

Smart Grid, Meters Come with Concerns

ONLINE PRIVACY—EUROPE

May 21, 2010

The European Voice reports on the emergence of the smart grid and its associated privacy concerns. Several European states plan to incorporate smart meters into every household in the coming years, but authorities need to take into consideration the implications, experts say. "Many people do not like the idea of utility companies having a permanent window on their private life," said a renewable energy analyst at Datamonitor. Europe's commissioner for consumer policy, John Dalli, recently warned the electricity industry that privacy concerns should be addressed "proactively and not just simply to comply with legislation."
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