British Columbia’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) has announced a review of the security and privacy of customer data collection through the smart grid programme in British Columbia, Canada.

Greg Reimer, executive vice president of Transmission and Distribution for BC Hydro said: “We have worked with the OIPC over the past few months and will continue to work closely with their office to put in place the strongest possible privacy standards, and to ensure privacy is built into the entire smart grid system.”

He said that this will be achieved because smart meters cannot detect how electricity is used or which appliances are being used, just how much is being used.

He added that in-depth security has been designed into the programme, and that BC Hydro has hired online experts to test the systems and develop strong protections.

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