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Is Your Electricity Meter Spying On You? 405

Posted by samzenpus
from the unseen-mechanized-eye dept.
lee1 writes "If you have a 'smart meter,' it is collecting data that can reveal when you wake up, when you leave for work and come home, when you go on vacation and when you take a shower. This data is commercially valuable and, if sold to third parties, can lead to privacy invasion on a massive scale. The California Public Utility Commission is reacting to the gas and electric company's mass installation of these meters with new proposals for strong privacy protections."
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Is Your Electricity Meter Spying On You?

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  • Re:But.... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Mashiki (184564) <mashiki&gmail,com> on Wednesday May 11, 2011 @01:52PM (#36096556) Homepage

    Funny. I thought they were there so they could rape people in the face with excessively high power costs. Which are the result of massive conservation efforts.

  • Re:Privacy (Score:1, Interesting)

    by softWare3ngineer (2007302) on Wednesday May 11, 2011 @02:25PM (#36097038)
    Because its not your data...
    Just as you don't own your music, copy of MS software, facebook data, instant messages, and most things you put on the Internet.
  • Re:But.... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Ichijo (607641) on Wednesday May 11, 2011 @05:44PM (#36099622) Homepage Journal

    During a drought they should just increase the price of water, until usage goes down as much as they need.

    Leaving ordinary people unable to afford to flush their toilets, and rich people with lush, green lawns.

    If ordinary people can't afford to flush their toilets for every number one, they'll be a little more selective when they flush, or they'll buy water-conserving toilets, or they'll save their bath and laundry water to fill the toilet, or they'll move to a place where water is more abundant. All of these are good things for sustainable living.

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