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California Utility Commission Proposes Privacy Rules

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

May 10, 2011

A proposed ruling by the California Public Utilities Commission would impose privacy rules on home device platforms that automatically use smart meter data, GigaOM reports. The ruling would require the state's three big utilities to impose tariffs on third parties that request certain customer utility data, the report states, and would require them to impose CPUC's privacy guidelines on those parties. Utilities using home device platforms that don't automatically transfer utility data to a third party would be required to provide those customers with information on potential uses of their data. The utilities have three months to establish tariffs.
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