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Warning over smart meters privacy risk

Category: Business

Published: 12th Jun 2012 11:34:44

An EU data watchdog has warned of the "considerable risks" posed to privacy by new energy smart meters.

The European Data Protection Supervisor said safeguards were needed over how firms used the "massive collection" of consumers' data uploaded by meters.

The technology is able to track when consumers are home or not, how they spend their free time, and even what medical devices they use.

UK energy firms and ministers say consumers' privacy will be protected.

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BBC News, 2012. Warning over smart meters privacy risk [Online] (Updated 12th Jun 2012)
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