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EDPS Calls for Limits on Smart Meter Data Use

PERSONAL PRIVACY—EU & UK

June 12, 2012

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is calling for limits on the retention and use of customer data from smart meters, The Register reports. EDPS Peter Hustinx says while there are advantages to smart metering, the technology "will also enable massive collection of personal data, which can track what members of a household do within the privacy of their own homes." The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change says personal data won't be shared with third parties and security will be implemented to prevent its theft. The UK government has said it plans to require smart meter suppliers to ensure data security as a part of licensing agreements.
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