Archive | Privacy

Arm’s latest processors aim to stretch internet’s reach (to your refrigerator, medical equipment and much more)

BBC News | March 13, 2012 | Leo Kelion Arm Holdings has unveiled what it describes as the “world’s most energy-efficient microprocessor” design. The firm says that microcontrollers based on the “Flycatcher” architecture will pave the way for the “internet of things” – the spread of the net to a wider range of devices. It […]

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Americans Embrace “Smart” Gadgets Used to Spy on Them | Steve Watson | March 16, 2012 CIA Head: We Will Spy On Americans Through Electrical Appliances Global information surveillance grid being constructed; willing Americans embrace gadgets used to spy on them CIA director David Petraeus has said that the rise of new “smart” gadgets means that Americans are effectively bugging their own homes, […]

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How privacy-conscious consumers are fooling, hacking smart meters

Natural News | Aurora Geib | July 15, 2012 “Curiously, in all this haste to accomplish the government’s energy program, no federal safeguards seem to have been designed to protect customer information from being accessed by others – information that smart meters could be sending (the activist group may have a point on this one). […]

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Australia: Smart meter data shared far and wide

The Age | September 23, 2012| Vince Chadwick, Craig Butt, Henrietta Cook “Detailed information about electricity customers’ power usage, which gives insights into when a house is occupied, is being shared with third parties including mail houses, debt collectors, data processing analysts and government agencies. Customers with smart meters who sign up for Origin Energy’s […]

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Cyber expert on SMART GRID: massive vulnerability, who’s accountable?

Narrator: Governments and power corporations around the globe, through an incessant drive to ‘modernize the power grid,’ have directly created a situation where our entire civilization’s energy source is now in danger of being taken down. While described by some as insane, it is at the very least completely irresponsible, as it puts everyone at […]

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What are the privacy concerns and risks?

Fundamentally, smart grid systems will be multi-directional communications and energy transfer networks that enable electricity service providers, consumers, or third party energy management assistance programs to access consumption data. Further, if plans for national or transnational electric utility smart grid systems proceed as currently proposed these far reaching networks will enable data collection and sharing […]

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What kind of data can smart meters collect and for what purpose?

What kind of data can smart meters collect and for what purpose?

In a 2009 report for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission titled “Smart Metering & Privacy: Existing Law and Competing Policies” by , we see the kind of data that can be mined from smart meters: An excerpt from Mr. Quinn’s report found on p.5 under Executive Summary: From these smart meters, detailed information about consumer electricity usage will […]

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British Think-Tank Warns Smart Meters Susceptible to Terrorist Attacks

Susanne Posel | Occupy Corporatism | June 12, 2012 The Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR), a think-tank for Internet policy in Britain that facilitates “understanding and dialogue between business, government and NGOs across Europe”, is warning the UK government that their ability to tap into homes via smart meters is allowing the possibility for […]

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RFID chip next to a grain of rice

What are RFID tags?

What is RFID? From Wikipedia: Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the use of a wireless non-contact system that uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data from a tag attached to an object, for the purposes of automatic identification and tracking. Some tags require no battery and are powered by the electromagnetic fields used to read them. Others use a […]

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