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Coalition Wants Smart Meters Stopped

PERSONAL PRIVACY—CANADA

October 18, 2011

A citizens' coalition in British Columbia hopes to stop a utility's installation of smart meters in homes across the province, Nanaimo News Bulletin reports. "These BC Hydro smart meters have to go completely," said spokesman Walter McGinnis of the Coalition To Stop Smart Meters. The group wants to stop the mandatory installation of the meters due to privacy, security and other concerns. It plans to launch an appeal under the BC Recall and Initiative Act. BC Hydro Community Relations Manager Ted Olynyk says that meter installations will continue. The utility asserts that the meters use data protection methods similar to those used by banks.
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