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Researchers: TV Habits Determinable with Smart Meters

PERSONAL PRIVACY—GERMANY

September 22, 2011

A Münster University of Applied Sciences study found that, by analyzing patterns in electricity consumption transmitted by a household smart meter, researchers could figure out what program was playing on a television, reports The H Security. Previously, it was thought that smart meter data could only be used to distinguish between appliances, but because of the frequency of the data transfers--every two seconds--this finer analysis is possible, the report states. According to the research team, the discovery means tighter regulations on this data are needed.    
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