CDT Details Smart Grid Privacy Recommendations to California Public Utilities Commission
Today, CDT submitted comments to the California Public Utilities Commission detailing how privacy can be protected as Smart Grid technologies are deployed. The comments propose a comprehensive set of privacy policies and practices for the extensive and revealing data that the Smart Grid will generate about home energy usage. While the CDT proposal is based on the widely-accepted framework of Fair Information Practices, this is the first time, as far as we know, that anyone in the U.S. has translated those principles into practical rules that can be implemented in the Smart Grid.
- All customers should be provided with provided short, clearly written notices of the policies followed by Utilities and others handling household energy data
- The notices should specifically describe what household energy usage information is collected and for what purposes
- Companies should collect and store only the minimum data needed to accomplish the specified purposes
- Customers should be able to access and verify the accuracy of their own household energy information
- Utilities and others should be required to obtain express, prior, written authorization for each disclosure of Data for purposes not directly related to the provision of energy