As the British government controversially moves ahead with its plan to introduce 53 million electricity and gas smart meters across the UK by 2019, more than a million have already been deployed in the UK, which is beginning to raise privacy concerns.
Smart meters monitor energy consumption and communicate wirelessly with energy providers. In 2009 a European Commission Directive made it a requirement that 80% of European homes have a smart meters installed by 2020.
There are also plans to introduce smart water meters.
Smart meters replace analog meters and are designed to send utility use in real time. They essentially create a home network which collects sensitive personal information, including what devices are being used, when and how they are being used by communicating with appliances, even if they are not smart devices, and then send that data back to energy providers.
Besides the invasive nature of the meters, campaigners also fear that energy companies can control energy consumption and remotely switch off utilities. In fact, anybody with an Internet connection and the technical know-how can do so.
Speaking on BCFM drive time, Mike Mitcham of the Stop Smart Meters campaign, cited a recent case where hackers in Germany proved the security of smart meters to be incredibly poor, allowing them to can record information what about which TV programme or film someone is watching on a non-smart television.
The data is sent through pulsed microwaves, including 3G and 4G networks and the potential health hazards of sending thousands of pulses per day has been ignored.
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