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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Aclara admits Smart Meters will provide detailed information on you and your home

For years, utility companies and regulatory commissions have denied that Smart Meter “aggregate” (or bulk) customer energy data could be broken down to provide details of what is used in a home or building. And for years, security experts have … Continue reading

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UK: National Health Service to use Smart Meters to monitor dementia patients; privacy red flags

Microwave radiation is linked to neurological illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and ADHD,  cognitive problems such as memory loss and concentration difficulties, dizziness, insomnia, and mood disorders, including depression, anxiety, and agitation.  Smart Meters will worsen the health problems and function … Continue reading

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New surveillance warning required for international websites like this

To follow up the Electronic Freedom Foundation article, this notice from WordPress was just posted on the administration page for this website: “Akismit and Privacy To help your site be compliant with GDPR and other laws requiring notification of tracking, … Continue reading

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Electronic Frontier Foundation: U.S. Homeland Security new HART database to include DNA, biometrics, “relationship patterns” on citizens and foreigners

Smart Meter data will be one facet of personal information compiled on every person. DHS’s plans for future data collection and use should make us all very worried. For example, despite pushback from EFF, Georgetown, ACLU, and others, DHS believes it’s legally authorized to collect and … Continue reading

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Illinois: Industry files amicus brief against citizen group in Smart Meter lawsuit, says invasion of privacy is minimal or non-existent

B. The Pervasiveness of Smart Meters Undermines Any Asserted Expectation of Privacy from Their Use as a Means to Gather Electricity Usage Information. V. ASSERTIONS BY THE APPELLANT AND ITS AMICI THAT SMART-METER DATA REVEALS PRIVATE ACTIVITY WITHIN THE HOME … Continue reading

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Australia: Two-way Smart Meters are vulnerable to hacking

Another security report on Smart Meters. Unlike Canberra, a high percentage of Smart Meters in the U.S. are two-way. Once a surveillance-capable device is attached to a building, there is no longer any privacy. There is only a “confidentiality agreement” … Continue reading

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Canada: “The slippery slope” — privacy violation at center of city’s proposal to ‘mine’ Smart Meter data

Comment: Privacy is lost as soon as the surveillance is attached to the home. When they talk about “protecting privacy”, what they are really talking about is confidentiality. and as we know, promises of confidentiality are not kept.  From the … Continue reading

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“Highly personalized profiles of each and every customer” — companies decode Smart Meter data for energy utilities

Utility companies say they only get aggregate, anonymous data from Smart Meters  and that your energy usage data is completely private. This is what actually happens to your energy data. From ONZO December 7, 2016 “A quick video to help you understand … Continue reading

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