Bill Cameron reports:
As utility companies across the state roll out new Internet-connected electrical meters, Smithfield Township supervisors are calling on Met-Ed to show how they’re protecting customers’ information. The Board of Supervisors penned a letter this week to FirstEnergy Corp., Met-Ed’s parent company, and state regulatory officials asking what protections are in place to keep private consumer data from unwanted eyes.
“What limits have been placed on data collection and permissions for data collection beyond monthly billing cycle totals?” it says in the letter, dated Nov. 14, to FirstEnergy’s president, regional president, state president, the state Office of Consumer Advocates and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. “The notice sent to our residents makes no mention of this, yet is it is of prime concern to us in order to protect and secure data of our residential households.”
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Bravo. We need more agencies and watchdogs asking – and demanding – answers to these important questions.