EPIC Recommends Consumer Privacy Protections for California Smart Grid

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In formal comments to the California Public Utility Commission, EPIC said that utility customers should control the use of personal information generated by Smart Grid services. EPIC warned that companies will otherwise use the data for purposes not related to electricity delivery, consumption management, or payment. EPIC urged the California Commission to include a requirement that limits the use of personal data by third party providers offering energy management services. The Commission acknowledged EPIC's March 2010 comments and EPIC's April 2010 comments in the proposed California Smart Grid plan.

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