Smart meter report prompts questions over data ownership

Huge amounts of data about our energy use could potentially pose data ownership and security problems, according to a new report. This comes in light of the Government’s recent plans […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Huge amounts of data about our energy use could potentially pose data ownership and security problems, according to a new report. This comes in light of the Government’s recent plans for a smart meter roll-out to replace gas and electricity meters in 53 million UK homes.

Smart meters relay detailed information about energy use between consumers and their suppliers. They are hailed as a way to improve efficiency and help people keep an accurate tab on their bills.

The UK Smart Grid Capabilities Development Programme report said that the market for smart grid suppliers was worldwide. However, the UK Energy Research Centre and the Energy Generation & Supply Knowledge Transfer Network also raised questions such as who owns the data, who can access it, and what the safety level of systems that process information should be maintained.