“Smart Meters” May Invade Privacy – EFF

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Culture War,Science,Technology — posted by 3wire on 3/22/2010 @ 6:17 pm

From:  Electronic Frontier Foundation

EFF IS DEMANDING BETTER PRIVACY PROTECTIONS FOR ENERGY CUSTOMERS RECEIVING “SMART METERS,” new devices that measure your home’s energy use in unprecedented detail. Energy usage data, measured moment by moment, allows the reconstruction of a household’s activities:

when people wake up, when they come home, when they go on vacation, and maybe even when they take a hot bath. Without strong protections, this information can and will be secured by civil litigants (like divorce lawyers or insurance companies), criminals, law enforcement, and more. The states and the federal government should ensure that energy customers get the protection they deserve at their homes — where privacy rights should be strongest.

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image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace