European Data Protection Digest

EDPS Warns Smart Meters Threaten Privacy

PERSONAL PRIVACY—EU & UK

July 5, 2012

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has warned that the integration of smart meters will be used to track more than household energy consumption if no privacy safeguards are established, The Guardian reports. Though the Europe-wide rollout of smart meters “may bring significant benefits, it will also enable massive collection of personal data,” the EDPS stated. The EDPS’s assistant director said, “together with data from other sources, the potential for extensive data mining is very significant,” adding, “Profiles can be used for many other purposes, including marketing, advertising and price discrimination by third parties.”
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