Energy Minister Baroness Verma, responsible for overseeing smart metering, says the government is committed to prioritizing consumer protection and privacy, Out-Law.com reports. According to Verma, the national program will only work if consumers are given a choice about who has access to their data and how it may be used. Smart meter technology, which allows real-time digitized data flows about energy usage, is expected to be in use by 2014. Some 55 million meters are expected to be installed at UK households and businesses by 2019. The UK government is taking a “secure-by-design” approach to the program, Verma said.
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