PSO vs The People: Who’s Lying Now? PSO claims 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 Oklahoma citizens’ personal privacy in the Electric Utility Rules (Chapter 35 of Title 165). These rules were intended to protect personal data other than usage collected and transmitted by the smart meters.
How will PSO collect data?
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.
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 rules more than five years ago to protect our privacy.
Who is PSO sharing private information with?
PSO claims they aren’t collecting data other than electric usage, while other utility companies acknowledge the collection and sale of personal, real-time data. In fact, 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 Americans 4th Amendment Rights.
What is PSO doing with the data they collect?
Real-time data collection is a hot commodity, the selling of which can provide a very healthy revenue stream, which is 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 incurred by their customer for conserving electricity? But that’s another story for another day.
Through real-time data collection, PSO (and hackers) will have access to homes with AMI (Smart) meters, recording life style patterns and habits, and once the data is seized and transmitted the data is no longer protected.
To protect personal, real-time data collection the analog meter best safeguards privacy as it records only electricity usage, without the capability or risk of privacy invasion with a PSO AMI (Smart) meter.