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Commissioner Calls for Smart Grid Privacy

PERSONAL PRIVACY

November 19, 2010

Ontario's information and privacy commissioner says utilities are largely ignoring privacy concerns when it comes to the emerging smart grid, SC Magazine reports. Speaking at a Toronto event this week, Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said the smart grid, which will digitize consumer energy use, will produce detailed information capable of identifying individuals' behavioral patterns, such as when one uses electrical appliances, watches TV or showers. "Home is the most private of places," Cavoukian said. "Our home is our castle. Nobody should know what is going on there." Privacy considerations must be embedded into the smart grid as it's deployed, she said, adding that utilities must determine what personal information is being collected and how it is being used.
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