Tag Archives: surveillance

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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New office sensors know when you leave your desk

From Bloomberg By Rebecca Greenfield February 14, 2017 Hiding devices in lights and ID badges, your boss can legally track you everywhere but the bathroom. About a year ago, in a widely reported story, journalists at British newspaper the Telegraph … 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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Clear Channel ‘Radar’ billboards will track the public via their cellphones

The program is called “Radar” and is in partnership with AT&T and other companies. In the works are appliances that offer ads based on Smart Meter and IoT data collected from people within their homes, data that is also transmitted … 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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‘Customer-specific insights’ and ‘granular Smart Meter data’ equals surveillance

In this recent article , K.T. Weaver (Skyvision Solutions) looks beyond the public statements by utility companies, to the commercial realities of “leveraging” consumer energy data through the capabilities of Smart Meters. ————————————————————– Smart Grid Awareness September 22, 2015 Utilities dispute that … 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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Architect Rem Koolhaas on smart cities

From Metalocus.es By Rem Koolhaas, architect and professor Edited English transcript of a talk given by architect Rem Koolhaas at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014. The rhetoric of smart cities would be more … Continue reading

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