How so-called “Smart Meters” Invade Privacy

Links for recent privacy-related data pertaining to so-called “smart meters”:

[1] Report on privacy issues updated 8/22/14 by activist in Illinois
– includes analysis of White House Report issued in 2014 “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Value” and links.

How [so-called] “Smart Meters” Invade Privacy:

(a collection of his other writings on privacy can be found here:

[2] In January 2015, the Feds issued “Data privacy and the Smart Grid: A Voluntary Code of Conduct”:

[3] Politico article on that release of voluntary code – note quotes from NARUC and others

[4] Recent info on how some utilities (not Florida) are using data from smart meters to “surveil”:

Catching weed growers:

Catching water violators:

[5] Update on Florida action against FP&L extortionate so-called “opt-out” fees (should properly be called “REFUSAL fees”):

We now have a computer on the side of our house with NO internal controls or restriction set by the FPSC. So unless we pay the opt out, our data is subject to collection and storage without consent, even though not needed for billing.

[6] Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) final decision on the two petitions opposing FP&L’so-called “opt-out” fees:
FPSC lowered up front fee from $95 to $89 and maintained monthly fee of $13 to opt out. So unless we can afford the opt out, our data is being collected and stored.

Smart meters surveil our homes without consent or real need. If we are not careful, in five years we will find that we will not be able to purchase a dishwasher or refrigerator that is not (so-called) “smart.” “Smart appliances”: These will communicate with the “smart” meter, manufacturers, and other services. Do we want to have an on-going relationship with our appliance manufacturers?

Soon, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation will require that our cars are monitored too and in constant contact with the manufacturer.!documentDetail;D=NHTSA-2014-0022-0002

Where does it end? How do we retain our right to not participate in this “smart” world?

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