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Tackling smart meter privacy

Steps are being taken to increase customer protection as, earlier this week, an EU watchdog warned over privacy risks to data collected by smart meters which are able to track when consumers are at home, how they spend their free time and even what medical devices they use.

The European Data Protection Supervisor recognises the advantages of smart metering, but warns that the technology will "also enable massive collection of personal data which can track what members of a household do within the privacy of their own homes". Examples of baby monitors and medical appliances were given. These devices have identifiable patterns of energy consumption and could therefore be used to monitor what people are doing.

The UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has already taken steps to safeguard customer privacy, promising that collected data won't be shared with third parties, and will have adequate security to prevent misuse.  It says consumers should have the option of deciding whether they share detailed information about their use of gas and electricity and may be able to opt out of sharing their information on a daily basis, instead sharing more frequently gathered data.

The UK Government plans to place a specific obligation for data security on the suppliers of smart meters as part of its conditions for granting licences to install the technology and use it to monitor customers' energy supplies, it has confirmed.

In its latest consultation (PDF), DECC has set out steps suppliers will have to carry out to ensure their systems are secure to an "appropriate standard" in the period running up until the launch of its Data and Communications Company (DCC).

However the current legislation does not fall within the targets suggested by the EDPS and campaign groups, such as Privacy International.They recommend "freely given, specific, informed and explicit consent" of all use of their data that goes beyond the need for energy billing, fraud detection and the information necessary to run an energy-efficient grid.

Earlier this month, Consumer Focus published a new advice guide intended to raise awareness of what smart meters will entail. They also said  that nearly half of consumers had not heard of smart meters, according to  research, despite the fact that around half a million new meters had already been installed.

The EU is committed to mandating smart meters by 2020 and believes that legislation stating what the data can be used for and how long it can be retained is an imminent necessity.  In the UK, the need to provide adequate customer protection is even more pressing with 30 million smart meters, due to be installed in UK homes by 2019. Smart metering technology is due to be installed across the UK from 2014.

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