Wednesday, 13 June 2012

EU watchdog flags up smart meter privacy risk

Tighter controls over smart meter data collection are needed to prevent snooping on the public, an EU watchdog has warned.

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said, while the devices would help reduce the carbon footprint in people’s homes, the data collected and sent back to companies could also be used to “infer information about domestic activities”.

The watchdog brought up the matter in response to the European Commission’s plans to rollout smart meters across the continent by the end of the decade.

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