Utility Allows for Smart Meter Opt Out
PERSONAL PRIVACYMarch 16, 2012
In a modification to its original proposal, Hydro-Quebec will now allow for an opt-out clause in its rollout of smart meters, the Montreal Gazette reports. Customers choosing to opt out would pay an additional $200 per year, according to the proposal. Meanwhile, San Diego Gas & Electric has announced a partnership with the Ontario Information and Privacy Commission as it implements smart meters in its electrical grid, the Toronto Star reports. The partnership is the first in the U.S. and sees the utility incorporating privacy by design. Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said utilities should be concerned about the drastic effects a privacy breach can have on a utility's public relations. "Utilities shouldn't be asking how much money it costs, they should be asking how much money it will save," she said.