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New CRS Report on Smart Meter Data: Privacy and Cybersecurity

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The Congressional Research Service recently prepared for the Members and Committees of Congress a report titled, Smart Meter Data: Privacy and Cybersecurity (R42338), published on February 3, 2012 by co-authors Bradon J. Murril, Edward C. Liu, and Richard M. Thompson II.

Summary: Fueled by stimulus funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), electric utilities have accelerated their deployment of smart meters to millions of homes across the United States with help from the Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Investment Grant program. As the meters multiply, so do issues concerning the privacy and security of the data collected by the new technology. This Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) promises to increase energy efficiency, bolster electric power grid reliability, and facilitate demand response, among other benefits. However, to fulfill these ends, smart meters must record near-real time data on consumer electricity usage and transmit the data to utilities over great distances via communications networks that serve the smart grid. Detailed electricity usage data offers a window into the lives of people inside of a home by revealing what individual appliances they are using, and the transmission of the data potentially subjects this information to interception or theft by unauthorized third parties or hackers.

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Colorado PUC Holds Hearing on Smart Grid Privacy Rules | Info Law Group

by Nicole Friess, Info Law Group, October 18, 2011

On August 29, 2011, Administrative Law Judge G. Harris Adams issued a recommended decision before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on proposed Smart Grid data privacy rules to regulate the information practices of electric utilities. The proposed rules will revise the current rules applicable to Smart Meter data privacy and disclosure rules in the Code of Colorado Regulations. According to the PUC, the new rules will provide more clarity on data privacy concerns and protect customer information from unauthorized disclosure, while at the same time granting customers access to their own information. …

For full text of the article, visit Colorado PUC Holds Hearing on Smart Grid Privacy Rules : Info Law Group.

Spatial Law and the Smart Grid

by Matt Ball, Spatial Sustain, on September 27, 2011

Kevin Pomfret, executive director of the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy, spoke this morning at the Autovation event regarding privacy issues related to spatial information and the smart grid. With the move to collect more and more data from phones, imaging sensors, smart meters, and other sensor sources, there is a growing concern about what this mass of data reveals about individuals. … Legal concerns regarding spatial data from the user and provider standpoint revolve around privacy, data quality and liability regarding quality if the data is used for something it wasn’t intended, intellectual property, and risk.

For full text of the article, visit Spatial Sustain Blog.

California PUC Issues Proposed Decision on Smart Grid Privacy

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by Timothy Tobin, Hogan and Lovells: Chronicle of Data Protection, May13, 2011

Summary: On May 6, 2011, the Californian PUC (CPUC) issued a proposed decision by CPUC President Peevey addressing smart grid privacy and security. … The proposed decision represents a significant step towards the first set of specific smart grid privacy rules in the United States during a time that smart grid privacy is attracting increasing global attention. For example, as discussed in the Chronicle of Data Protection post on April 18, 2011, the European Union’s Article 29 Working Party issued smart meter guidelines last month. …

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Europe’s Article 29 Working Party issues smart meter guidelines

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Source: HL Chronicle of Data Protection, April 18, 2011

Europe’s group of data protection authorities, the Article 29 Working Party, issued an opinion on smart meters, which goes into surprising detail on points such as the size of the display for the user interface, the need for a ‘push button’ consent module for consumers, the need to keep load graph data stored locally whenever possible.  The Art 29 WP stresses the need for energy suppliers and third party energy service companies to develop detailed data retention policies to ensure smart meter data are deleted as soon as no longer needed. … The opinion strongly recommends the implementation of Privacy by Design, including privacy impact assessments, security and privacy audits.

via Europe’s Article 29 Working Party issues smart meter guidelines : HL Chronicle of Data Protection.

Consumer Privacy, Energy Use Data, and Trust | The Energy Collective

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Consumer Privacy, Energy Use Data, and Trust

Posted January 31, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

Consumer privacy concerns are an important focus of many Smart Grid conversations.  Everyone agrees that consumers need to be educated about the entirely new types of energy use data that can be created with Smart Grid technologies.  While we must ensure that consumers are aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding energy use data, there is less conversation ongoing about educating utilities and vendors to deploy programs to ensure data privacy, and there are no conversations ongoing about who owns the value of that energy use data. …

For full text of the article via Consumer Privacy, Energy Use Data, and Trust | The Energy Collective.

Privacy Professor on Smart Grid Privacy Standards

Smart Grid Privacy: Possible Privacy Standards To Address Concerns

Source: Privacy Professor Blog, November 20, 2010

Sorry to be so tardy in getting a blog post out. As many of you know I’ve been working with the NIST Smart Grid Privacy Subgroup since late June. The work done for this group is through time volunteered by all involved. As a quick recap, I led the privacy impact assessment (PIA) for the consumer-to-utility portion of the planned smart grid during the late June to late August/early September time frame. On Friday, 11/20, I provided an update on our NIST groups activities during the Gridwise Alliance phone conference; perhaps some of you were on that call? Here are some links showing information about our NIST Smart Grid privacy group’s work…

For full text of the article and links, click on Privacy Professor Blog.

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