the meter on most homes, smart meters send data from your home
back to the power company every 15 minutes. Utilities don’t just
learn how much power you use; they can also be alerted in
real-time to an outage caused by bad weather.
smart meter’s ability to talk back to the utility has some people
concerned information about their lifestyle and habits at home
could fall into the wrong hands, CBS2’s Fouraker reported.
will not be able to understand or tell what appliances are being
used within the home, how much each appliance has consumed, as far
as energy goes,” Scerbo said.
Electric is a subsidiary of Orange and Rockland, and says this is
good. Consumer groups, however, disagree.
don’t know what their capabilities are. We do know smart meters
produce data that has enough granularity that experts are able to
go in and tell what kind of appliances people are using,” said Jay
Stanley, a senior policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties
concerns of groups like the ACLU, the utility said it built cyber
security into the meters and the software that runs them. But
information is still being gleaned.
building a profile on the consumer, not only their usage, but the
time of day,” said David Klein, managing partner of Klein Moynihan
profiles or the selling of customers’ data.
Jersey Assemblyman Ronald Dance has sponsored legislation that
would force utilities to reveal what type of data they keep and
which third parties would have access to it.