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Opinion: Privacy Should Come First in Smart Meter Rollout

PERSONAL PRIVACY

August 20, 2010

The government should set ground rules for smart meters in order to protect citizens' privacy, according to a Windsor Star editorial. "A better idea," the editors write, "is to give hydro customers the option of sticking with their existing meters, which would alleviate any concerns about privacy." All Ontario households will be outfitted with smart meters by the end of the year, but the provincial privacy commissioner and others have raised concerns about their associated privacy issues. Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian has warned that the meters will give electrical utilities rich household data that could be a "treasure trove" for hackers, thieves or marketers.
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