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FERC Report Cites Smart Grid Privacy Concerns

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

February 17, 2011

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this month released its biannual report, which includes questions about smart meters and privacy. The report outlines concerns about consumer data privacy as companies continue to deploy new technologies, and customers, unsure of the purposes and uses of such technologies, push back. "The existing business policies and practices of utilities and third-party smart grid providers may not adequately address the privacy risks created by smart meters and smart appliances," the FERC report states. Jeff St. John writes in GigaOM that this year may be the year that "smart grid privacy finally becomes a must-do, rather than a oft talked-about, subject."
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