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Opinion: Smart Grid Must be Protected like "Fort Knox"

DATA PROTECTION

June 4, 2010

A Windsor Star editorial says the government should be setting the ground rules for privacy issues related to smart meters now. The editors cite Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian's warning to build privacy into the design of the smart grid and its accompanying smart appliances. Cavoukian has concerns about the grid potentially serving as a "treasure trove" for hackers, thieves or marketers as Ontario moves closer to implementation. "What will develop over time is a library of personal information relating to a profile of your personal energy use. When you watch TV, what time of day, when you eat, when you sleep and wake," Cavoukian said. "This thing has to be protected like Fort Knox."
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