The Federal Smart Grid Task Force, led by the U.S. Department of Energy, is today conducting its first meeting in Washington, DC, on a voluntary code of conduct for energy utilities and third parties. The code aims to address privacy and smart grid technologies. Stakeholders will discuss concerns and propose solutions in a consensus-driven process. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Attorney Ruth Yodaiken of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force said this morning that the FTC will look favorably at companies engaged in the voluntary code in cases where it must open an investigation into privacy violations, especially “strong codes…codes that are significant and say more than ‘We are gonna try to be good with our consumer data.’”
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