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Opinion: Who's Watching Your Smart Meter?


December 3, 2010

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the use of electricity-consumption data obtained from a power supplier without a search warrant did not constitute a violation of privacy. In an opinion piece for the Toronto Sun, Alan Shanoff asks whether there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to the consumption data, noting the seven judges who determined there was not "came to this conclusion in an odd fashion" that could easily have gone another way. "What I really worry about," he writes, "is who has access to smart meter data and what personal information can be gleaned from that data."
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