European Data Protection Digest

CNIL Releases Guidance on Smart Meters

DATA PROTECTION—FRANCE

December 10, 2010

The Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL) has released its recommendations for the deployment of electric smart meters. The guidance intends to "limit the impact of these innovative devices on privacy and freedoms," according to a CNIL press release. The recommendations address security measures and the monitoring of individuals' energy consumption habits, among other topics. "CNIL recommends adjusting the level of details of the data collected according to different uses," the guidance states. "Indeed, if detailed information is sometimes necessary to manage the network management, a daily record is sufficient to charge a standard subscription."
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