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Group Sues City Over Smart Meters

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 5, 2012

A nonprofit group claims an Illinois community is installing smart meters without offering residents the chance to opt out, Courthouse News Service reports. Naperville Smart Meter Awareness sued the city in federal court, claiming that the government's funding and deployment of smart meters has neglected meaningful privacy and security standards and regulations. Citing pervasive reports of cyber attacks and security breaches, the group says smart meters present the potential to "collect, store and share private customer information without customer consent or control" and adds that the meters "provide rich knowledge about intimate details of a customer's life" and present serious concerns "regarding access to personal data gleaned from the devices."
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