Privacy Advisor

GERMANY—New data privacy law provisions for smart metering

On 4 August 2011, an Amendment to the German Energy Industry Act (EnWG) has come into force, which includes new data privacy provisions relating to the use of so-called smart meters. By virtue of the amendment, the German lawmaker has implemented EU Directives 2009/72/EC and 2009/73/EC on the introduction of smart metering techniques relating to energy and gas supplies to consumers. When certain requirements are met, it is an obligation of the measuring point operators to use smart meters.

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