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Are they safe?
Studies reveal that exposure to smart meter radio frequency (RF) and electro-magnetic field (EMF) is not safe. In addition, smart meters induce dirty electricity into the electrical wiring of a home that can radiate 6-8 feet into the living space. The radio frequency transmission and dirty electricity essentially turn the electrical wiring into a massive antenna. Our website has a health and resources section with more information.
What information does a Smart Meter collect?
Smart meters continuously gather a variety of data points related to energy consumption. Utilities then employ algorithmic surveillance and customer profiling to create a dossier on you which is clearly a privacy invasion.
What can I do to protect myself?
Immediately do two things: (1) reject a smart meter upgrade and send the utility a notice of liability; (2) if you have a smart meter, protect your health and shield the meter from interior living spaces and check for dirty electricity in the electrical wiring.
Are there any benefits to a Smart Meter?
Utilities claim that digital smart meters benefit the environment and consumers. After billions of dollars spent on digital meters, consumers have seen no such benefits. The power grid is more susceptible to hackers due to the vulnerability of smart meters and their wireless mesh networks. Some utilities have abandoned plans to harden the power grid in favor of accepting smart meter federal stimulus and grant funds.
What can you do?
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Smart Meters collect real-time customer data, which raises important questions regarding privacy and algorithmic surveillance. We will explore the various aspects of customer data collected by smart meters, the concerns surrounding third-party data sharing, and surveillance algorithms.
Customer Data Collection
Smart meters continuously gather a variety of data points related to energy consumption. These include:
Algorithmic Surveillance and Customer Profiling
Utility companies may use algorithms to analyze customer data for surveillance and profiling purposes. A partial list of data collection includes the following:
Privacy Implications and Third-Party Data Sharing
The extensive collection and utilization of customer data is a significant privacy concern. Are utility company data collection practices transparent and secure? Have you asked the utility company about their Smart Meter data privacy and sharing policy? Utility companies often assert strict privacy measures, however, data may be shared without your knowledge with:
Smart meters, through the collection and analysis of time-of-use data and algorithmic surveillance, provide utility companies with unprecedented insights into customer behavior, a clear infringement upon the use of data sharing without consent, addressed in the Help section of our website.
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What is the larger picture of a Smart Meter?
Be mindful of the terminology. The word "smart" is to deceive you into thinking that it is advanced and to subdue questioning the meter purpose.
The utility company presents the word "upgrade" deceptively. You may have the latest technology, but what is the hidden agenda?
Aside from the health risk, Smart Meters are a command and control network, a transition to the Smart Grid and the Internet of Things (IoT), which use a variety of technologies to connect the digital and physical worlds.
Within the Smart Grid and the IoT your physical location and movement is precisely tracked, and a unique profile of your lifestyle is constructed. Moreover, selling your personal data is very profitable for the utility company.
As energy usage is surveilled, algorithms build a picture of your life and habits and then assign a unique user profile score. The sophistication of these back-end processes should not be underestimated, especially when coupled within the IoT meta structure.
Little has been said about how a user's profile correlates to services. For example, rate structure and billing. Perhaps during peak demand hours your energy use is too high. You are therefore billed at a higher rate for Ã¢â¬Åtime of use and your energy profile score is demoted.
Part of the end game is to assign everyone an energy profile emission quota linked to carbon credits to save the environment, and when integrated into a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) you could be denied certain purchases for exceeding allowable carbon credit emissions.
We hope that you appreciate the agenda of the smart meter control grid, much of which remains to be revealed. In our opinion, customer surveillance and privacy in the larger scheme of the Smart Grid and the IoT is a fundamental breach of law and basic human rights.
For more on Smart Meter surveillance and privacy, watch the video on our spy meter page, 'Smart Meter Mass Surveillance'.
In addition, here is a quote from the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, PRIVACY AND THE MODERN GRID, by Sonia K. McNeil.
...smart meters are only one component of the broader transition to the smart grid. This effort, in contrast with past upgrades, is intended to alter permanently the prevailing technological standard for electric meters. The technology sophistication and its saturation are each relevant to privacy.
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This recent story was scrubbed from the KOMO news website and their YouTube channel, only to be found on the internet "WayBackMachine" archive.
SEATTLE -- In what's being called a "gesture of good will," the Seattle Police Department has agreed to deactivate a WiFi network in downtown Seattle that some worried could be used to spy on residents.
Last week, the ACLU of Washington raised concerns about a number of white boxes that recently showed up in parts of downtown Seattle.
The boxes are part of a wireless mesh network that was installed by the Seattle Police Department to improve communication. However, there were immediate concerns about the network being used to track people's movements.
"In a democratic society you should be able to move freely without law enforcement tracking your movements unless they have reason to believe you're doing something wrong," ACLU communications director Doug Honig said last week.
In an effort to allay those fears, interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel decided on Tuesday to deactivate the system, according to police spokesman Sean Whitcomb.
The system was installed using money from a Homeland Security grant related to another controversial waterfront surveillance system. Whitcomb said the police department will pay to have the system deactivated, though he doesn't yet know how much that task will cost.
The City council requires equipment that can be used for surveillance to be approved by ordinance before it's installed. Whitcomb said the wireless mesh system will not be reactivated until the City Council takes up the plan and allows for "a vigorous public debate."
There's no timetable for when the system will be fully offline.