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|User Info||In The "Duh" Department (Online Privacy); entered at 2012-04-28 09:21:22|
Registered: 2012-03-02 Kansas
At at former large wireless company for which I was employed, we had a very large division (no idea how many employees, but it was a three story building on the campus) whose sole responsibility was complying with subpoena requests. 10's of thousands every month. Unless the other side objected (I suspect the vast majority of the requests were from law enforcement for investigations - so the other side was unaware of the initial data request), we almost always complied.|
Same holds true even with your utility usage. I also see plenty of requests from utilities to establish residency or power usage (evidence of a "grow house" perhaps - or just to prove that the residence was occupied during a certain time frame).
As for utilities going to "smart meters" - while the utility company will tell you that they are not "tracking" you for any purpose other than monthly power consumption - I did happen to notice a little clause in the federal grant money for the "smart meter project" that the federal government is entitled to review any and all customer data associated with the project. So while the utility may have no need/use for the data other than for billing purposes, big brother certain has a right to see all of it - on a personal level. Not that this should be a surprise, as all federal grant money comes with strings attached - and such terms are usually non-negotiable . . . and sometimes those "strings" can turn into piano wire - Sopranos style.
Last modified: 2012-04-28 09:26:32 by londoncat