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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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EFF: An Illinois court just didn’t get it: we are entitled to expect privacy; Smart Meter data reveals what’s going on inside our homes

From Electronic Frontier Foundation MARCH 1, 2017 BY Karen Gullo and Jamie Williams Cities across the country are switching to wireless smart meters. You may even have one in your home. Utility companies say the new technology helps consumers monitor … Continue reading

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Privacy advocacy groups file amicus brief, raise privacy implications of Smart Meter data

“Smart meter data reveals intimate details about what is going on inside the home. The lower court made false assumptions about how smart meter technology works, and its decision is a threat to the privacy of the 57 million and … Continue reading

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Lawsuit in Illinois: Consumer group appeals Smart Meter 4th Amendment violations to 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

From Smart Grid Awareness By K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions February 22, 2017 Key Points Made in Appeal Brief As a matter of law, NSMA members have a reasonable expectation of privacy for data acquired from inside their homes.  The Kyllo … Continue reading

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Your kitchen appliances and Smart Meter are watching you, security expert warns

From Bloomberg by  Marie Mawad  &  Stefan Nicola   September 1, 2016 Your fridge is getting so smart, security-software maker Kaspersky Lab thinks you probably shouldn’t trust it. As makers of household appliances fill their machines with computer chips to make … Continue reading

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“The cloud never forgets”: Every move you make, every click you take, every appliance you use, they’ll be watching you

“[I]t’s already built a profile on every American adult, including young people who wouldn’t be swept up in conventional databases…” Smart Meters and the Home Area Network provide the equivalent of a video feed of daily life inside homes and … Continue reading

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Guardian: The government just admitted it will use smart home devices for spying

“…we are actually in the ‘golden age of surveillance’.” From the Guardian By Trevor Timm February 9, 2016 Many consumers are wholly unaware that the smart devices making their home more custom and responsive are making data that can be … Continue reading

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US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

From the Guardian February 9, 2016 Spencer Ackerman and Sam Thielman in New York Clapper did not name specific agency as being involved in surveillance via smart-home devices but said in congressional testimony it is a distinct possibility The US … Continue reading

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Michigan Attorney General Schuette: People should have choice about Smart Meters. Legislators agree

From Midland Daily News October 22, 2015 Glenn bill backs Schuette action on ‘smart meters’ Utility customers in Michigan would have the option of choosing between a new advanced meter and existing traditional equipment to measure their home energy usage … Continue reading

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‘Dragnet’ data collection by Smart Meters and an ‘infrastructure of surveillance’

Stunning testimony and short 7-minute video. Very important quote from Smart Meter manufacturer Siemens. From Smart Grid Awareness By K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions In what was likely a little publicized workshop conducted in November 2013 by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) … Continue reading

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