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FCC Release National Broadband Plan, Privacy Strategy Unclear

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its National Broadband Plan today. The FCC notes that “many users are increasingly concerned about their lack of control over sensitive personal data” and warns that “Innovation will suffer if a lack of trust exists between users and entities with which they interact over the internet.” The FCC makes several recommendations, but there […]

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Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Recommends Privacy Safeguards for Smart Grid Services

In formal comments, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) urged the California Public Utility Commission to adopt privacy safeguards for Smart Grid systems to protect consumer electricity usage information from unauthorized collection, use, and disclosure. Smart Grid networks uniquely identify individual electrical appliances, and create new privacy risks. EPIC recommended that policies be established to protect consumer data, […]

Continue Reading 0 How Privacy (Or Lack of It) Could Sabotage the Grid

This article is published online at: By Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf   In October, President Obama announced $3.4 billion in federal grants to help build our nation’s Smart Grid.  The President said that the technology that will make up the Smart Grid will make the nation’s power transmission system more efficient, encourage renewable energy […]

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Earth2Tech: 10 Things To Know About Smart Grid Security

By Katie Fehrenbacher, published on Gigaom: The energy information that will be unleashed by the digital technologies of the smart grid is valuable. That’s why companies and policy-makers are pushing so hard to add infotech to our electrical system. But that information is also valuable to people that could use it for ill will — […]

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Smart Grid Privacy: Is The Road to Ruin Paved With Good Consumer Market Intentions?

The following was written by Don McDonnell, CEO of the McDonnell Group.  The original article can be read online at: ATLANTA – Oct 6, 2009 – Once the realm of energy wonks and technology nerds, Smart Grid entered the mainstream consumer consciousness at breakneck speed in 2009.  As major technology companies including Google, Cisco, and Microsoft […]

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