This decision adopts rules to protect the privacy and security of customer data generated by Smart Meters concerning the usage of electricity that are deployed by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison Company (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E). The rules adopted implement the protections ordered by Senate Bill (SB) 1476 (Chapter 497, Statutes of 2010). The adopted rules are also consistent with other sections of the Public Utilities Code and past Commission privacy policies. Attachment D, Rules Regarding Privacy and Security Protections for Energy Usage Data, lists the adopted privacy and security rules.
The adopted privacy and security rules apply to PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E, the companies that assist them in utility operations, companies under contract with the utilities, and other companies that, after authorization by a customer or by the action of the Commission, gain access to the customer-s usage data directly from the utility. In addition to the adopted rules protecting the privacy and security of usage data, the decision adopts policies to govern access to customer usage data by customers and by authorized third parties. PG&E and SCE must continue to provide and SDG&E must provide access to customer usage data.