“The devices send data on household energy consumption directly to utilities on a regular basis, allowing the firms to manage demand more efficiently and advise households when it is cheaper to turn on appliances.
But privacy experts gathered in Madrid for a three-day conference which wraps up Friday warned that the meters can also reveal intimate details about customers’ habits such as when they eat, what time they go to sleep or how much television they watch.”
“Also worrisome is the fact that, when these databases are hacked, criminals will be able to see exactly when people are home and when they are not. One only need to obtain access to the database, watch for a while, and determine the best time to rob a home.”
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