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  1. #1 ACLU Concerned With Constitutionality Of ‘Smart’ Electricity Meters 
    Senior Member Banacek's Avatar
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    The ACLU really needs to take that “civil liberties” thing out of their name, because that’s hardly their focus. It’s just false advertising. The ACLU couldn’t give a flying fart about the restrictive and unconstitutional gun laws of New York state, but they are very concerned that new “smart” electricity meters are violating people’s civil rights. I must have missed that amendment about people having the right to “stupid” electricity meters in the Constitution.

    CBS 2 reports that residents of Great Plains, NY are getting newfangled smart meters installed at their homes:

    Unlike the meter on most homes, smart meters send data from your home back to the power company every 15 minutes. Utilities don’t just learn how much power you use; they can also be alerted in real-time to an outage caused by bad weather.

    And while this sounds like a completely nothing story, there is maybe something sinister going on:

    There are new privacy concerns over a device that tracks how much power you use in your house.

    Some experts say smart meters could reveal more than what you want known about what goes on inside your home…

    The smart meter’s ability to talk back to the utility has some people concerned information about their lifestyle and habits at home could fall into the wrong hands…

    I know the news said “experts” are concerned about this but what they really meant was one uptight doofus from the ACLU.
    There are new privacy concerns over a device that tracks how much power you use in your house.


    How horrible ! A device is tracking how much power you use in your home ! Next, the evil utility will want you to pay for the electricity.

    The smart meter’s ability to talk back to the utility has some people concerned information about their lifestyle and habits at home could fall into the wrong hands

    What information about your lifestyle and habits ? You use air conditioning in the summer ?

    Since its the ACLU they are probably concerned with someone growing or manufacturing drugs in the house/apartment/condo. Perhaps the ACLU finds it disgusting that the utility wants to get paid for its services.

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    The police already use electric bills as evidence to get warrants for grow rooms. I guess the difference would be that the electric company could volunteer that information to the police, even if they aren't investigating that house at the time the company sent the info to LE.
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