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Commissioner Releases Report on Smart Meters

PERSONAL PRIVACY—CANADA

December 20, 2011

BC's Information and Privacy Commissioner has released an assessment of BC Hydro's smart meter program and determined that the corporation is not fully compliant with the Freedom of Information and Protection and Privacy Act, CBC News reports. "I think they thought their communication was sufficient and we found it was deficient," BC Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said. The commissioner launched an investigation last summer after receiving some 600 complaints about the corporation's plans to install 1.8 million smart meters. Denham made 14 recommendations for improvement, but says BC Hydro is taking adequate measures to protect customers and that it is compliant with the law when it comes to data collection, use, disclosure, protection and retention.
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