Ann Cavoukian, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, writes:
The current electrical grid is seen by some as the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century. But it is increasingly out of date and overburdened. Efforts to modernize the grid – making it smarter, stronger, and greener – are gathering momentum, especially in North America and Europe.
Right now, the Smart Grid is very much in its infancy, existing mostly in the form of plans, projects, and small pilots. But ultimately, development of the Smart Grid is expected to enable a two-way flow of information and electricity that will provide major advantages for the system, and give consumers more choices about how, when, and how much electricity they use.
We all stand to benefit from the Smart Grid. And we stand to benefit most if it is well designed and well implemented. An important aspect of that, in my view, is making sure that the Smart Grid is also smart about privacy.
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