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Privacy Commissioner: Citizens Concerned About Smart Meter Data

PERSONAL PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

September 24, 2012

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has said smart meter technology could threaten people’s privacy, The Age reports. “We are starting to see people voicing concern about the level of data that these meters can collect,” Pilgrim said. Customers with smart meters must consent to having their data shared with various third parties, the report states. Pilgrim said companies have an obligation to delete or de-identify personal information that is no longer necessary. An Origin Energy spokesman said its online energy-usage portal is fully compliant with Australian privacy legislation and that the company keeps personal data for tax and compliance purposes.
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