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Commission Emphasizes Smart Grid Privacy

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

May 19, 2011

InformationWeek reports on the California Public Utility Commission's proposal on security and privacy requirements for smart meter data. The proposal would implement Fair Information Practices, requiring the state's three utility companies and other smart meter operators to minimize collected data, use it only for the intended purpose unless consent is acquired for other uses and take reasonable steps to protect it. The commission's report said, "access to detailed, disaggregated data on energy consumption can reveal some information that people may consider private." An attorney at Hogan Lovells said the commission's decision "represents a significant step towards a set of smart grid privacy rules in the United States" and noted Europe's recently released guidelines.
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