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AECB News: Will the Smart Meter Roll-Out be Another Government IT Disaster?

Fears the Government’s Flagship Smart Meter Programme Could be Heading for Trouble by Andrew Warren 13-April-2016 (….The MPs raised detailed concerns about failures with technical, logistical and public communication issues – each of which have resulted in yet further delays to the much-postponed national roll-out programme. The […]

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Bogus traders offer smart meter service by St. Helens Council

St Helens Council is advising residents to be wary of individuals carrying out doorstep cold calling in the borough…. Recently there have been reports of doorstep cold calling in the Fingerpost and Blackbrook areas, with householders told that installation of smart meters was compulsory and should be […]

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Cassetteboy vs The Snoopers’ Charter

If you’re not worried about the Investigatory Powers Bill (aka the Snoopers’ Charter), you don’t know enough about it. Visit https://www.privacyinternational.org and join the campaign against new Government snooping powers. For some ideas on how to maintain online privacy, see this list of helpful resources which was sent to […]

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Will smart meters be worth the money? – BBC News

Millions of energy users in Britain are about to get a new metering system – smart meters – technology which has been rejected by Germany and found not to be not cost-effective by other nations. Source: Will smart meters be worth the money? – BBC News You […]

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Doorstepping fears over plans to change energy sector rules

Doorstepping fears over plans to change energy sector rules by Neil Pooran – STV News – March 29, 2016 http://stv.tv/news/politics/1348043-energy-company-rules-change-could-lead-to-deceptive-sales/ ….Following the announcement of a UK Government-led scheme to fit smart meters in all homes across England, Scotland and Wales by 2020, CTSI also warned meters could […]

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Smart Meter Battery Failure Leaves Home Without Gas

From today’s Daily Mail’s Letter’s page (28th March 2016) – “NONE-TOO-SMART METERS” “I had a neighbour who was without gas for a few days because his smart meter battery failed.  With my new smart meters only 6 months old, I recently decided to switch gas & electricity suppliers, […]

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Could smart meters be used to spy on your home? Devices could be used to create ‘honeypot’ of data to sell onto marketing companies, privacy campaigners warn – Mail Online

Marketing firms are targeting data collected by smart meters, which reveal how customers use their gas and electricity They are hoping to turn information they provide in to a stream of cash Experts say the devices might be used to provide companies with clues to information about […]

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Warning over a ‘ghastly mess’ in £11bn plan for smart meters – The Times

January 03, 2016 Article from: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/utilities/article4655613.ece An £11bn project to install more than 50 million smart electricity and gas meters in homes is a “ghastly mess” that will not work, according to a leading figure in the energy sector. Alex Henney has written to Amber Rudd, the […]

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Not So Smart – The government should listen to criticism of its latest IT plan before it is too late – The Times

January 03, 2016Article from: www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/leaders/article4655702.ece “Ever since the collapse of the £20 billion NHS effort to digitise every patient’s medical records, it has been sensible to worry whenever government takes responsibility for a multibillion-pound IT project. It is sensible to worry now. “Smart” meters that measure gas […]

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£11bn UK smart meter plan thrown into doubt by EU reforms

An ambitious £11bn plan to install electricity smart meters in 50m UK homes has been thrown into doubt amidst proposed EU reforms designed to harmonise the domestic market with that of the continent. This would see the intervals at which electricity is traded shortened from 30 minutes […]

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Dan Lewis: Smart meters are a bad deal for consumers

Dan Lewis is Senior Energy and Infrastructure Adviser at the Institute of Directors. The biggest infrastructure project of this government is one most people haven’t heard of – the £11 billion smart meters programme. The goals are to automate gas and electricity meter readings, facilitate easier switching, […]

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The great smart meter rip-off: Energy giants will use devices to DOUBLE the cost of power when you need it most

Energy giants are set to use digital smart meters as a way to double the cost of power when families need it most — adding nearly £60 a year to the average bill. A Money Mail investigation has discovered Britain’s leading power firms are expected to introduce […]

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California Knew Smart Meters Were Dangerous

[SSM UK] If Michael Peevey, the former Head of California’s CPUC, admitted that Smart Meters were harming people, did he also reveal this to the UK’s Energy & Climate Change Committee when they flew to San Francisco in 2013 to discuss Smart Meters with the CPUC? [/] […]

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Utility Week – Smart meter rollout could ‘destroy trust and confidence’, warns ENW boss

The rollout of smart meters to energy customers in the UK “has the capacity to destroy trust and confidence” in the sector, according to the chief executive of Electricity North West. [SSM! UK editor’s note: Since we introduced our Notice serving facility in 2012, Mr Johnson has […]

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‘Smart’ Water Meters Vulnerable To Attack

Of all critical infrastructure, the public water system might seem the least vulnerable to a cyber attack. But that might be changing, with the increasing adoption of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) that controls the water supply remotely, according to John McNabb, water expert and security researcher. In a  speech at […]

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UK Energy Firm Caught Forcibly Installing Smart Meter Against Person’s Consent

This shocking video shows the moment Northern Irishman David Barr, who suffers from a medical condition which sometimes renders him housebound, has a Smart Meter forcibly installed in his property against his consent. The video suggests that Power NI have acted way beyond their authority by forcibly […]

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

Failures in exploit discovery process are cold comfort for IoT fridge owners Security researchers have discovered a potential way to steal users’ Gmail credentials from a Samsung smart fridge. Pen Test Partners discovered the MiTM (man-in-the-middle) vulnerability that facilitated the exploit during an IoT hacking challenge at […]

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British Gas Forced to Change “Burglar’s Dream” Hive Smart Heating App

Hive heating app allows customers to control their thermostat remotely But data on when heating is on and off is transmitted without encryption Which? suggests that burglars could work out when householders are likely to be away from home British Gas has started encrypting the data in […]

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Free Your Data – Keynote Campaign Video…

(Video) As data becomes the the new oil, Smart Meters represent a colossal drilling rig heading straight to the heart of your home and private life. What do you do in your personal, private space?  How do you spend your time?  How do you behave and what […]

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1000’s of smart meter fires: New whistleblower & court evidence (video)

Why are meters exploding off houses by the 100’s at a time? Why are fires happening no matter where smart/digital meters are being installed? This new video from Canada outlines recent revelations of fires and explosions from whistleblowers and other insiders, as well as new court documentation […]

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