Reports on Smart Meter Problems

Updated July 23 2019

The 50-page paper “Overview: Fire and Electrical Hazards from ‘Smart’, Wireless, PLC, and Digital Utility Meters” is now available free for downloading and printing. It provides information from experts on utility meters used in the U.S. and Canada.

The report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” is available free to the public for downloading and printing. This 173-page report, released in 2012 by health and environmental advocate Nina Beety, has extensive referenced information on the many problems and risks of the Smart Meter program known at that time, with information from state, national, and international resources.

Investigation and admissions by the industry since 2012 continue to substantiate these serious problems, providing a searing indictment on regulatory and legislative officials who have failed to halt Smart Meter deployments.

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“Radio Frequency Radiation Health Risks: Implications for 5G” — Grand Rounds, UC San Francisco, Sept. 24, 2020

http://bit.ly/UCSFgrandrounds

This presentation summarizes research on the biologic and health effects from exposure to radio frequency radiation emitted by cell phones and cell towers and discusses the implications of this research for 5G, fifth generation cellular technology.

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NRDC: The Challenge of Nonionizing Radiation – A Proposal for Legislation / 1979

Once again, progress threatens to roll right over the regulators, leaving them to clean up the mess, as has been the case with air and water pollution.

In this in-depth and timely article, Karen Massey, project attorney for the Natural Resource Defense Council warned, as others had, of health and environmental hazards from microwave exposure when microwave ovens and CB radios were the primary microwave consumer products, and cellphones were still on the horizon.

From the Duke Law Journal

The Challenge of Nonionizing Radiation: A Proposal for Legislation
By Karen Massey
1979

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From the Introduction:

Nonionizing radiation is an important factor in the life of every member of an advanced technological society. This is particularly true of American society with its space program, its sophisticated weapons systems, its highly developed electronics products, and the world’s most advanced national communications system-all of which use nonionizing radiation, generally in the microwave and radio frequency ranges. Most Americans are probably unaware of either the pervasiveness of nonionizing radiation or the controversy surrounding its status as a pollutant and a health hazard. In the last decade, however, both the scientific community and the United States Congress have begun to pay more attention to this form of energy and its impact on our lives. Very recently, their concerns have begun to trickle into the general public domain, popularized by a series of articles in the New Yorker by Paul Brodeur, recently expanded and published in his book, The Zapping of America.’ Unfortunately, America’s inventors and entrepreneurs move much more swiftly than its scientists, politicians and publicists; while the latter investigate and deliberate, the American public is presented with an array of consumer products such as CB radios and microwave ovens. Once again, progress threatens to roll right over the regulators, leaving them to clean up the mess, as has been the case with air and water pollution.

The purpose of this Article is to assemble the available information on radio frequency and microwave radiation in a systematic way, and to present it accurately as both a primary agent of progress in the second half of the twentieth century and a potential threat to man’s environment. The Article attempts to assess the immediate need for a regulatory system that would control nonionizing radiation in the public interest and offers a critique of the existing system, or lack thereof, for controlling such radiation. It makes a plea for a legislative solution and offers some suggestions for dealing with what may be the most complex yet in a line of pollution problems that tax the individual talents of both the scientists and the policymakers, as well as their ability to bridge the gap between their two spheres of action.

PDF p. 59-61

…[E]ven with additional knowledge, there are problems with the practical operation of the hazards-effects distinction when dealing with a national ambient standard for an extremely varied population. Different people react differently to the same stimulus. For example, even moderate exercise can cause hazardous physiological changes in some individuals. If their doctors have informed them of this hazard, they may choose not to engage in such activity, or to ignore the medical advice, knowing the possible consequences. It is well established that more stringent standards are needed for involuntary risks such as subjecting persons to high ambient levels of nonionizing radiation whenever they sit on a terrace or walk down a street. In setting standards, the at-risk population to be protected must be identified. For example, Congress has determined that in setting ambient exposure standards under the Clean Air Act, “public health” means the health of the most sensitive members of the population.334 In the present case, this group might include persons wearing electronic cardiac pacemakers or those having metal bone pins. If these persons are included, then the general American population standard must be lower than that which protects the average healthy person, since some electronic cardiac pacemakers, at least, have been shown to be affected at very low levels of NEMR.335 Alternatively, it might be possible to redesign and better shield these pacemakers336 and to substitute other materials for bone pins, but some provision must be made for the wearers in connection with setting health standards. In addition, research may point to other population groups who, for nonmodifiable physiological reasons, are likely to suffer from exposure to levels of nonionizing radiation that would not be hazardous to the average person

p. 62

The fact that the benefits of the pollution in question are so great — national defense, essential communications, first amendment values — may even enhance the need for such a standard confining the operation of cost-benefit analysis. One commentator analyzes the situation thus:

Society’s historical empirical approach to arriving at acceptable balances of technological benefit and social cost by trial, error and subsequent corrective steps create in advanced societies today a critical situation for two reasons: 1) the difficulty in changing a technical subsystem once it has been woven into the economic, political, and cultural structures and 2) the techniques for societal diffusion of a new technology and its subsequent exploitation are now so highly developed that widespread use of a new technological development may occur before its social impact can be properly assessed and before any empirical adjustment of the benefit-versus-cost relations is obviously indicated.346

The very fact that society places a high value on defense and communications makes them likely to develop more rapidly than other technologies and to become instantly “essential.” Since traditional market mechanisms have failed to account for health costs, health protection requires special governmental attention. Other efforts may be made within the process of cost-benefit analysis to deal with this problem, but the health-based pollution standard serves as a necessary safeguard in a preventive program.

Footnote 346
Advisory Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation, Nat’l Acad. of Sciences, “Considerations of Health Benefit-Cost Analysis for Activities Involving Ionizing Radiation Exposure and Alternatives” (1977) [hereinafter cited as BEIR II REPORT]

346. BEIR II REPORT 23. Such thoughts have been echoed in several court opinions in recent years. See, e.g., Ethyl Corp. v. EPA, 541 F.2d 1, 6 (D.C. Cir.), cert. denied, 426 U.S. 941 (1976) (“Man’s ability to alter his environment has developed far more rapidly than his ability to foresee with certainty the effects of his alterations. It is only recently that we have begun to appreciate the danger posed by unregulated modification of the world around us, and have created watchdog agencies whose task it is to warn us and protect us, when technological ‘advances’ present dangers unappreciated-or unrevealed-by their supporters.“); Soucie v. David, 448 F.2d 1067, 1080 (D.C. Cir. 1971) (“The public’s need for information is especially great in the field of science and technology, for the growth of specialized scientific knowledge threatens to outstrip our collective ability to control its effects on our lives.”)

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Amazon / Vector electric Smart Meter deal puts ‘how you live your life’ on web giant’s servers | ABC News

Summary from Stop Smart Meters Australia
6 September, 2020

Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of the world’s biggest retailer, and New Zealand power grid owner, Vector, have joined forces to analyse, share and monetise data generated by more than 1.6 million smart meters across Australia and New Zealand.

The alliance will use data from the internet-connected smart meters to gather information on consumers’ consumption and network performance.

According to a recent ABC News report ‘The data goes far beyond how much power you use in a certain time of day — revealing things like the number of televisions you have, the age of your fridge and other appliances, and the number of people in your home’.

Almost every home in Victoria is connected to smart meters, part of a program that cost consumers $2 billion and, when reviewed by the Auditor-General, was found to provide almost “no benefit”.

Kaspar Kaarlep, co-founder of power technology company WePower is quoted by ABC business reporter, Daniel Ziffer, as stating that ‘greater consumer protections in Europe mean this deal would not be legal there’. Kaarlep likens the alliance to the City of Melbourne selling access to all of its CCTV cameras to Amazon … to develop new products and services. ‘When do I come home? When do I leave? What do I have at my home? Who do I live with? This is all visible in that data.’

CEO of the Consumer Policy Research Centre, Lauren Solomon, adds, ‘We actually can’t really tell what data’s being collected, who it’s being shared with and what it’s being used for’.

To read the ABC report in full, go to Amazon’s Vector power smart meter deal puts ‘how you live your life’ on web giant’s servers

Stop Smart Meters Australia link:
Amazon’s Vector power smart meter deal puts ‘how you live your life’ on web giant’s servers | ABC News

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August 3-14, 2020: Air Force exercise Red Flag 20-3 may cause health problems

A member of the public alerted me today to a new military exercise happening now. People are reporting health problems including being unable to sleep/insomnia and loud ringing in the ears. Other sudden onset or worsening health problems based on RF research may include heart rhythm disturbances, nausea, cognitive problems, headaches and migraines, neurological problems, and flu-like symptoms.

Information on the exercise was posted on a forum. www(dot)airliners(dot)net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1449617
Contact the AFB for more information:

Courtesy of Nellis Air Force Base Media Operations. Red Flag 20-3 runs from today 8/3 through 8/14.

For more information about Red Flag, contact the Nellis Air Force Base Public Affairs Office at 702-652-2719 or by email at 57WG.PA.MediaOps@us.af.mil

Also contact your Congressional representatives for information and to complain. These experiments/military exercises are a public health threat and are done without any notification or advance warning, public hearings, environmental review, or full informed consent from the public.

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Alabama Governor issues proclamation recognizing electromagnetic sensitivity — May 2020

Posted by Environmental Health Trust

2020 PROCLAMATION ON ELECTROMAGNETIC SENSITIVITY
By the Governor of Alabama

MAY 2020 ELECTROMAGNETIC SENSITIVITY MONTH

Whereas, people of all ages in Alabama and throughout the world have developed the illness of Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EMS) aka Electrical Sensitivity or Microwave Sickness as a result of global electromagnetic pollution; and

Whereas, Electromagnetic Sensitivity is a painful chronic illness of hypersensitive reactions to electromagnetic radiations for which there is no known cure; and

Whereas, the symptoms of EMS include, dermal changes, acute numbness and tingling, dermatitis, flushing, nausea, stress, visual disturbances, severe neurological, respiratory, speech problems, chronic sleep disturbances and sleep deprivation, and numerous other physiological symptoms; and

Whereas, Electromagnetic Sensitivity is recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the US Access Board and numerous commissions; and

Whereas, this illness may be preventable through the reduction or avoidance of electromagnetic radiations, in both indoor and outdoor environments and by conducting further scientific research;

NOW, THEREFORE, I Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim May 2020, as Electromagnetic Sensitivity Month in the State of Alabama

 

Alabama Proclamation on Electromagnetic Sensitivity 2020

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ALERT: US Air Force plans live fire demonstration with Elon Musk Starlink satellites April 8

Florida, New Mexico and Arizona military bases will conduct these exercises.

“The Air Force will test SpaceX-developed technology in an upcoming demonstration that will reportedly include a live-fire exercise targeting drones and cruise missiles, the latest test of experimental technologies.

“The April 8 event, the next iteration of the military’s Advanced Battle Management System exercises, takes place at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona; White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; and Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Defense Daily reported.”

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2020/02/27/air-force-spacex-to-test-star link-capabilities-in-upcoming-live-fire-demonstration/

This is described as a “massive life fire exercise”:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/32346/the-air-force-and-spacex-are-teaming-up-for-a- massive-live-fire-exercise

This could substantially increase RF radiation levels in the region.

Contact your Congressional reps today to protest this plan, especially with the public already under threat from COVID19.

 

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IEEE publishes “EMR Due to Cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Technologies: How Safe Are We?”

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“People should be made aware that the EMR from using day to day cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices are harmful to human health. The levels of radiation observed in most cases such as phone calls, internet browsing on laptops and smartphones, using wireless routers and hotspots, Bluetooth smartwatches and smartphones are unsafe when compared with radiations limits determined by medical bodies. According to the current medical literature, various adverse health effects from exposure to RF EMR have been well documented. For now, wireless technologies must be avoided as much as possible.”
— from Conclusion (emphasis added)

From IEEE
Published 27 February, 2020

Electromagnetic Radiation Due to Cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Technologies: How Safe Are We?

NAREN, ANUBHAV ELHENCE, VINAY CHAMOLA , AND MOHSEN GUIZANI
(Fellow, IEEE)

ABSTRACT

The electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted out of wireless communication modules in various IoT devices (especially used for healthcare applications due to their close proximity to the body) have been identified by researchers as biologically hazardous to humans as well as other living beings. Different countries have different regulations to limit the radiation density levels caused by these devices. The radiation absorbed by an individual depends on various factors such as the device they use, the proximity of use, the type of antenna, the relative orientation of the antenna on the device, and many more. Several standards exist which have tried to quantify the radiation levels and come up with safe limits of EMR absorption to prevent human harm. In this work, we determine the radiation concern levels in several scenarios using a handheld radiation meter by correlating the findings with several international standards, which are determined based on thorough scientific evidence. This study also analyzes the EMR from common devices used in day to day life such as smartphones, laptops, Wi-Fi routers, hotspots, wireless earphones, smartwatches, Bluetooth speakers and other wireless accessories using a handheld radio frequency radiation measurement device. The procedure followed in this paper is so detailed that it can also be utilized by the general public as a tutorial to evaluate their own safety with respect to EMR exposure. We present a summary of the most prominent health hazards which have been known to occur due to EMR exposure. We also discuss some individual and collective human-centric protective and preventive measures that can be undertaken to reduce the risk of EMR absorption. This paper analyses radiation safety in pre-5G networks and uses the insight gained to raise valuable concerns regarding EMR safety in the upcoming 5G networks.

VIII. DISCUSSIONS (excerpts)
Currently employed public exposure limits do not provide sufficient protection to people both in terms of long-term and short-term exposure…

It has already been several years since the wireless-technologies have been deployed, meaning that the public has already been exposed to a lot of harmful EMR without their knowledge. It may be anticipated that this section of the population will suffer from many of the health hazards discussed in section V. If corrections are not made now, especially when the number of wireless devices are growing exponentially which leads to an exponential increase in public EMR exposure, the current and future public will be at even greater risks of both known and unknown health hazards. In particular, women, children and fetus are hypersensitive to EMR and special care must be taken to protect these groups from both short and long term exposure

A two-fold approach can be followed to minimize harm from EMR pollution. Firstly, measures can be taken to protect people from the already existing high levels of EMR. Second, proactive prevention techniques can be adopted in environments such as households, schools and hospitals to greatly minimize EMR exposure. These have been explained in detail in Section VI and VII of this paper…

Both individuals and governments must be aware of the fact that the current population has already been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation and the resulting adverse health effects may surface in people at any time. In this regard, proper planning and execution, both on governmental and individual levels is required to properly handle a breakout of EMR related health issues in large numbers of people in all areas of the world. Specifically, it must be noted that the radiation in 5G networks is suspected to increase by several folds. It will not only affect regions near cell towers and 5G devices but all indoor and outdoor environments in the region of coverage. Thus, almost all people in the area of coverage of 5G networks may be exposed to dangerous levels of EMR. Without thorough research and well-designed safety measures in place, wide-spread deployment of 5G networks could prove to be dangerous…

IX. CONCLUSION (excerpt)
People should be made aware that the EMR from using day to day cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices are harmful to human health. The levels of radiation observed in most cases such as phone calls, internet browsing on laptops and smartphones, using wireless routers and hotspots, Bluetooth smartwatches and smartphones are unsafe when compared with radiations limits determined by medical bodies. According to the current medical literature, various adverse health effects from exposure to RF EMR have been well documented. For now, wireless technologies must be avoided as much as possible. New and innovative wired solutions which provide the same level of user-friendliness should be encouraged. Intervention of government and medical bodies with the main purpose of protecting human health is of utmost necessity to ensure good economic development without compromising the health of the population. Countries must adopt the guidelines suggested by medical bodies which take into account both thermal and non-thermal effects of EMR. At present, all individuals must take preventive and protective measures to protect themselves from harmful EMR exposure.

(emphasis added)

Source: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=9016183

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Russian health agencies issue digital distance-learning recommendations for children; time limits for screen use, no use for under 6 yr olds, avoid smartphones

During this crisis when many schools are closed and children must study at home using digital technologies, it is vitally important to reduce their exposure to wireless radiation to protect their health.
— Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, March 27, 2020

From the Scientific Research Institute of Hygiene and Children’s Health in the Russian Ministry of Health  and the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RusCNIRP)

PDF – Russian

Digital Security in Distance Learning for Children Under 18

 March 25, 2020 

 (This is not an official translation. These recommendations were translated from Russian using Google’s translation tool and then edited for easier reading on the Electromagnetic Radiation Safety website.) 

The following recommendations for distance learning at home are intended for children (up to 18 years of age) and their parents and grandparents and anyone who helps children study at home using digital technologies.

1. Children under 18 years of age who study at home should primarily use personal computers and laptops connected to the Internet via a wired network. When using a wireless network, the distance from the Wi-Fi router to the student should be at least 5 meters (16 feet).

2. The keyboard of the computer or laptop must be disinfected with an antiseptic every day before starting work. The monitor also needs to be treated with an antiseptic agent.

3. Before using the keyboard wash the hands of both the child and the adult who helps him or her.

4. To reduce the risk of visual impairment and musculoskeletal system disorders, provide a child working at a computer or laptop with a convenient workplace (the height of the table and chair should correspond to the height of the child), to exclude the illumination of the monitor screen.

5. The main light source at the child’s workplace should be located on the side of the screen (not behind the screen and not from the back of the person working with the screen). The brightness of the source should approximately correspond to the brightness of the screen.

6. The use of tablets for distance learning at home is acceptable for adolescents over 15 years old. Before using the tablet, you need to wash your hands and wipe the screen with a disinfectant (wet towel). The location of the Wi-Fi point should be at least 5 meters (16 feet) from the student’s workplace. The tablet is placed on the table on a stand at an angle of 30 degrees, the distance from the screen to the pupil’s eyes is at least 50 centimeters (20 inches). Do not use a laptop or tablet on your lap, in your hands, lying down and the like.

 7. For all age groups: completely avoid use of smartphones for educational purposes (reading, searching for information)

8. For all age groups: for reading or completing tasks, mainly use ordinary books and notebooks.

9. Children under 6 years old must not use any computer equipment for educational purposes at home.

10. Children 6 to 12 years of age should minimize the use of computer equipment for educational purposes at home. If it is necessary to use it, the total duration of all types of on-screen activities should not exceed 2 hours per day (including watching TV). The class schedule should be based on a one-to-three schedule for 6 to 8 year olds (for every 10 minutes of work 30 minutes of rest) and one-to-two schedule for ages over 8 and up to 12 years (for every 10 minutes of work – 20 minutes of rest).

11. For children 12 to 18 years of age, the following mode of computer use is recommended: “one to two” for 12 to 15 year olds (for every 30 minutes of work – 60 minutes of rest) and “one to one” for children for 16 to 18 year olds (for every 45 minutes of work – 45 minutes of rest). 

The total duration of all types of screen activities for children 12 to 18 years of age, including watching TV, should not exceed 3.5–4 hours per day.

12. For the prevention of visual fatigue, perform gymnastics for the eyes during the break; for the prevention of general fatigue – a warm-up (tilts, body turns, squats, etc.)

13. If necessary to use headphones limit their continuous use: no more than an hour at a volume of not more than 60%.

14. Ventilate the room where the students study, before the start of classes (at least 15 minutes) and after each hour of work.

15. Do not use tablets and smartphones for educational purposes outdoors (in the park, on the playground and similar places).

 The above recommendations are based upon research from multicenter studies on children’s health and safety while using digital educational technologies, materials from the Scientific Research Institute of Hygiene and Children’s Health “NRCM of Children’s Health,” and the Russian National Committee for Protection against Non-Ionizing Radiation, as well as recommendations from the World Health Organization and the best safety practices for children’s digital educational environments.

V.R. Kuchma
Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Head of the program of multicenter studies on ensuring safe for children’s health ̆ digital educational technologies, Director of the Research Institute of Hygiene and Child Health Ф FSAI ̆ National̆ Medical̆ Research Center for Children’s Health̆,
Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation

O.A. Grigoryev
Doctor of Biological Sciences
Chairman of the Russian National Committee for Protection against Nonionizing Radiations, Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nonionizing Radiations of the World Health Organization

lhttps://niigd.ru/pdf/Rekomend_Onlinedu_2020.pdf

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Meter choice bill introduced in Michigan legislature — H.B. 5606; also requires grounding and 120 kV surge protection for advanced meters

On March 10, Representatives Sue Allors and Steven Johnson introduced H.B. 5606 in the Michigan House of Representatives.

The provisions in House Bill 5606 include:

  • A utility customer may choose to have a traditional analog electromechanical meter or an advanced meter
  • Utility companies shall not condition their service on a customer having a different meter than an analog traditional meter.
  • Utility companies may not impose a fee for “opting out” of an advanced meter.
  • Utility companies must provide proper notification to customers if they plan to install an advanced meter.
  • Advanced meters must be properly grounded and have at least 120 kilovolt surge protection that is rated to divert a lightning strike.
  • A customer’s energy use data and internet user information are private and confidential. Utility companies shall not “use, rent, or share”  that data or information except by competent court order or law.

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy for hearing.

Bill page: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2020-HB-5606

Bill text: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2019-2020/billintroduced/House/pdf/2020-HIB-5606.pdf

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France: Energy companies EDF and Engie cited for violating data protection rules

From L’Usine Nouvelle / Robin des Toits

Why the CNIL pins the Linky

22 February 2020

The sling against Linky is not likely to weaken. The National Commission for Computing and Liberties (CNIL) has just put EDF and Engie on notice for their management of the data emitted by these communicating electric meters. Specifically, it reported, after verification, two breaches of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The first refers to the conditions for obtaining users’ consent. By checking only one box in the form, an EDF or Engie customer agrees to transmit the history of their daily consumption, but also the history to the nearest half hour. ” Such global consent is contrary to the requirements of the GDPR ” because it is ” neither specific nor sufficiently informed“, denounces the CNIL. It stresses that a user may wish to transmit to his supplier a history, but not the other. This is all the more important since the half-hour data are much more precise on private life, revealing the times of getting up and going to bed, the periods of absence or even the number of people present in the accommodation. On this point, Engie reacted by indicating that he had changed his policy since, basing his offer solely on consumption data at the day. Other bad practice pinned ” excessive retention period for data consumption.


“EDF keeps daily and half-hour consumption data five years after the termination of the contract. The monthly data are kept three years after termination at Engie. The two companies have indicated their intention to comply with the GDPR in the three months allotted by the CNIL. This reframing does not settle the businesses of Linky which, in spite of its installation in 19 million homes since 2015, is the subject of 22 legal actions representing 5000 opponents. Their criticisms relate to its attack with privacy and the possible health effects of the electromagnetic fields it emits 

(google translation)

Source : https://www.usinenouvelle.com/editorial/pourquoi-la-cnil-epingle-linky.N930719

https://www.robindestoits.org/Pourquoi-la-Cnil-epingle-Linky-usinenouvelle-com-22-02-2020_a2870.html

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