Smart Grid Consumer Privacy Seal

Smart Grid Consumer Privacy Seal

The Need for a Consumer Privacy Seal

  • Third party access to consumer energy data enables a wide range of benefits, but also raises legitimate concerns
  • Responsible companies that provide exciting new products and services such as home security, smart appliances, remote home management will generate positive consumer interest and help advance consumer engagement with energy management, demand response and smart meters.
  • It is essential that a flexible framework exists that ensures consumer privacy protections are in place and that responsible businesses can responsibly access the data needed to serve consumers.
  • Risk to utilities, consumers if inadequate process for obtaining consumer permission
  • Risk to consumer engagement and innovation if consent process is burdensome and ineffective
  • Utilities must be confident that third parties that access consumer energy data directly from utilities or via smart meters do so with the permission of consumers and in accord with responsible privacy standards.
    • Regulatory requirements and vendor due diligence will play a lead role, but are unlikely to suffice to provide oversight for the wide range of services that consumers will be seeking to enable.
  • A third party privacy seal program can play an essential role in this ecosystem by vetting the privacy standards of third parties and by providing assurance to utilities, regulators and consumers that companies are in compliance with responsible standards. A third party seal can also provide consumers with an avenue for complaint handling and resolution and provide regulators with a supplement to their efforts to ensure  consumers are protected.

 
 What is the FPF Smart Grid Seal?

  • Privacy seal based on best practices
  • Covers:
    • Data collected directly from consumers by smart devices (i.e. home security systems that seek to access consumer energy data, smart appliances, etc.)
    • Data collected by third parties a) directly from a smart meter, b) provided to a third party by a utility or c) utility data provided by a consumer to a third party.
  • Goals:
      • Ensure consumer trust in smart devices
      • Assist utilities in vetting 3rd parties
      • Allow for a standard consent process to be used across many states

What the Seal does NOT Cover

  • Is not a standard for utilities
  • Does not cover utility collection or use of data for billing, operations, demand response, etc.

Privacy Calendar

Oct
24
Fri
9:00 am Web Privacy & Transparency Confe... @ Princeton University
Web Privacy & Transparency Confe... @ Princeton University
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
On Friday, October 24, 2014, the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University is hosting a public conference on Web Privacy and Transparency. It will explore the quickly emerging area of computer science research that[...]
Oct
29
Wed
4:00 pm Big Data and Privacy: Navigating... @ Schulze Hall
Big Data and Privacy: Navigating... @ Schulze Hall
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The rapid emergence of “big data” has created many benefits and risks for businesses today. As data is collected, stored, analyzed, and deployed for various business purposes, it is particularly important to develop responsible data[...]
Oct
30
Thu
9:00 am The Privacy Act @40: A Celebrati... @ Georgetown Law
The Privacy Act @40: A Celebrati... @ Georgetown Law
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
The Privacy Act @40 A Celebration and Appraisal on the 40th Anniversary of the Privacy Act and the 1974 Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act October 30, 2014 Agenda 9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome[...]
Nov
7
Fri
all-day George Washington Law Review 201... @ George Washington University Law School
George Washington Law Review 201... @ George Washington University Law School
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day
Save the date for the GW Law Review‘s Annual Symposium, The FTC at 100: Centennial Commemorations and Proposals for Progress, which will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, in Washington, DC. This year’s symposium, hosted in[...]
Nov
11
Tue
10:15 am You Are Here: GPS Location Track... @ Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
You Are Here: GPS Location Track... @ Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Nov 11 @ 10:15 am
EFF Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury will present twice at the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Annual Sunny Climate Seminar. He will give a presentation on government location tracking issues and then participate in a panel[...]
Nov
12
Wed
all-day PCLOB Public Meeting on “Definin... @ Washington Marriott Hotel
PCLOB Public Meeting on “Definin... @ Washington Marriott Hotel
Nov 12 all-day
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will conduct a public meeting with industry representatives, academics, technologists, government personnel, and members of the advocacy community, on the topic: “Defining Privacy.”   While the Board will[...]
Nov
20
Thu
all-day W3C Workshop on Privacy and User... @ Berlin, Germany
W3C Workshop on Privacy and User... @ Berlin, Germany
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day
The Workshop on User Centric App Controls intents to further the discussion among stakeholders of the mobile web platform, including researchers, developers and service providers. This workshop serves to investigate strategies toward better privacy protection[...]

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