Calif. Smart-Meter Data Law Hints At Privacy Bills To Come

Law360, San Diego (January 24, 2014, 10:47 PM EST) -- A new California law requires businesses to obtain consent before sharing consumers' electrical or gas consumption data with a third party, as well as disclose who will receive the information and how it will be used — a sign that more state legislation is on the horizon to regulate companies’ use of the data they collect, lawyers say.

A.B. 1274, which took effect on Jan. 1, extends privacy requirements on utilities to Internet service providers and other businesses with access to customers’ smart-meter data, barring these...
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