Introduction from Author, K. T. Weaver:
This document outlines a perspective that demonstrates that installation and use digital smart meters by a Utility represents an unprecedented invasion of privacy and, under certain circumstances, can be considered an unreasonable search in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Although countless people claim that smart meters invade their privacy, it is unclear as to whether a compelling argument has yet been fully made that properly articulates an invasion of privacy assertion in a way that is understandable or convincing enough to persuade a sufficient number of legislators, governmental officials, court judges, or public utility commission hearing officers. To some extent, concerned consumers and activists have devoted a disproportionate amount of time and energy toward addressing potential health issues related to wireless smart meter RF emissions and have left the privacy arguments somewhat underdeveloped. In other instances, consumers are simply unaware of the significant privacy (and related cybersecurity) risks that exist with smart grid technologies. It is the purpose of this document to help formulate a clear and comprehensive message on how digital smart meters unreasonably invade consumer privacy.