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ICO Will Watch Smart Meter Rollout

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

May 28, 2010

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is cautioning energy suppliers to take data protection into consideration when implementing smart meters, BBC News reports. Britain plans to bring smart meters, which will monitor household energy consumption, to every home by 2020. The ICO says it will monitor the rollout closely. "We will continue to maintain a close dialogue to ensure that their introduction does not compromise customers' privacy," an ICO spokesperson said, adding that "energy companies will clearly need to hold records linking meters with households, and all the information must be held in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act."
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