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Burglars, Hackers and the Government All Want to See Your Smart Meter Data
NBC News reports:
Researchers examining the privacy implications of smart-meter technology found that one German provider’s devices contained vulnerabilities that allowed them to snoop on unencrypted data to determine whether or not the homeowners were home.
After signing up with the German smart-meter firm Discovergy, the researchers detected that the company’s devices transmitted unencrypted data from the home devices back to the company’s servers over an insecure link. The researchers, Dario Carluccio and Stephan Brinkhaus, intercepted the supposedly confidential and sensitive information, and, based on the fingerprint of power usage, were able to tell not only whether or not the homeowners were home, away or even sleeping, but also what movie they were watching on TV.
I appreciate the information provided in this write-up, and look forward to reading updates regarding data usage requests re; smart meters, and what legal requirements there are in place (if any) to protect private citizen data and daily activities. Thank you for writing this!
Smart meters affect more than just your privacy - the detrimental affects on human health are well documented. Over 6,000 studies show this but not one is cited by the electric companies that push the smart meter. Instead they cite an old 1999 study on the use of the meter itself that showed the meter safe from fire, explosion, etc and safe to operate mechanically and deceptively cite it as implying it's safe but for whom! and safe from what?!
That is the deception...The state of Hawaii, Vermont and several other states have challenged the electric companies to allow customers to opt out and not have to pay more but most states are still clueless about this. I found out that you don't have to accept this meter. It is a violation of your 4th amendment rights! I would gladly welcome new technology but not at the cost to my health. I urge the ACLU to do more in SC to help to allow people a way to opt out and not have to compromise their health or be penalized with extra costs and monthly fees to keep their old meter.
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