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Bill of Rights To Impact Smart Grid Regulation?

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 1, 2012

Michael Pryor of Dow Lohnes PLLC reports on the implications the White House's Consumer Bill of Rights could have on smart grid privacy regulations. It seems clear that the framework would apply to the highly granular data collected and transmitted by smart meters, Pryor writes, citing the recently released White House report, which says, under the bill, the term personal data "refers to any data, including aggregations of data, which is linkable to a specific individual." The framework has potential to establish privately-generated, uniform and enforceable privacy policies "that would provide certainty to the industry while creating trust among consumers that their personal private information will be protected," Pryor says. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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