Utility says meter data has been subpoenaed thousands of times

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SAN DIEGO- It’s a privacy revelation that has smart meter users concerned their being tracked.

The San Diego Gas and Electric Company reported releasing user data 4062 times in 2012.

SDGE-Connected-LogoPrivacy watch dogs say the company can track when a smart meter user is at home, leaving for work or on vacation.

“I think that’s way over the line,” said Jeremy Burland a criminal defense attorney. “I don’t see why this information is even necessary.”

SDG&E declined an interview but reported they were releasing data only when the records were subpoenaed by the government or other civil court cases. The company released this statement:

“SDG&E is dedicated to enabling customer privacy and has implemented a comprehensive privacy program that incorporates rigorous international standards.  An unassailable principle for SDG&E is that we are the custodian of our customers’ energy usage data, and we will protect it.”

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