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Companies Prep for Smart Grid, Commission Cautions

PERSONAL PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

July 23, 2010

The New Zealand Herald reports on electricity companies' ramping up efforts to replace ageing technology in preparation for the smart grid. New Zealand's government plans to spend $1.5 billion in infrastructure projects for the grid, which will digitize consumer energy information, in some cases down to the appliance level. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff told the Daily Dashboard that though the new technology will benefit consumers, companies need to think about privacy from the start and have solid policies in place about data collection and retention. "People need to know, for example, is your power company finding out what time you're at home, when you have showers, when you use your heating? Will that information be forwarded to other businesses?"
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