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Smart energy meters could threaten privacy, warns McAfee

Monday 04 March 2013

The smart energy meters used in an increasing number of Dutch homes can threaten household privacy, Raj Samani, CTO at internernational security company McAfee, told website nu.nl in an interview.

Smart meters show energy firms directly how much energy is being used, but these patterns in energy usage could eventually be used by hackers to determine if people are home and what apparatus they have, Samani is quoted as saying by nu.nl.

'I can tell you what film you are watching. I can tell you when the jacuzzi is on,' he said.

The McAfee executive went on to call on manufacturers to take equipment security and the privacy of users better into account. Privacy by design must be central, he said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

This is not exactly news. Privact and consumer watchdogs are warning for this for years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_meter#Netherlands

By pepe | 4 March 2013 12:47 PM

In this country that means - compulsary installations of smart meters! Just like all big brother features in centralized healthcare, tapped phones, Burgernet - one message to all - you are not alone. Even when you think you are.

By Gogi | 4 March 2013 5:01 PM

"Smart" for whom? Certainly not for the consumer...Caveat Emptor !

By Xeno | 5 March 2013 1:04 AM

It's really nothing more than spying, the same as GPS tracking cellphones, cookies, public transport and other apps.

Something wrong with the heading of this article: it says - '[C][O][U][L][D] threaten privacy', the word 'could' is not relevant! :P

By The visitor | 5 March 2013 6:07 PM

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