PSO vs The People: Who’s Lying Now?
PSO has claimed: Smart Meters Don’t Collect Personal Data
And yet, on August 15, 2016, the Attorney General’s office sent a letter to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission instructing them to adopt rules protecting our personal privacy in the Electric Utility Rules (Chapter 35 of Title 165). These rules were intended to protect our personal data other than usage collected and transmitted by the smart meters.
In the fall of 2015 Assistant Attorney General Jerry Sanger said the he understood the “Utilities have the potential to profit MORE from the customer data sold than the consumption of electricity” (Forbes and Politico). The Oklahoma Corporation Commission was to promulgate the rules more than five years ago to protect our privacy.
Most people don’t realize that every device in a home has an identifiable frequency signature allowing real time display of intimate details of daily life, when you bathe, cook, do laundry and when you are home or away.
Who is PSO sharing our private information with? California Utilities have reported sharing the information with the Federal Government, civil and criminal courts and law enforcement without notice to the customer. This violates our 4th Amendment Rights.
Real-time data collection is a hot commodity, the selling of which can provide a very healthy revenue stream, not accountable and not reported. Considering the fact that utilities can actually make MORE profit from the selling of their customers data than by consumption of utilities, why does PSO continue to request rate increases to make up for the savings you incurred by conserving electricity? But that’s another story for another day.
Remember, through real-time data collection PSO (and hackers) will know your life style patterns and habits, and once the data is seized and transmitted, your data is no longer protected.