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Robert W. Godshall

Smart meters pose personal surveillance risks, experts say

Chances are that you've never given your electricity meter a second thought. But in Pennsylvania, it's increasingly likely that your meter is thinking about you. Under a 2008 state law, utilities have been installing so-called "smart meters" statewide. Unlike traditional meters, which compile a running total of monthly electricity usage, smart meters can track usage nearly in real time, and transmit it to the utility multiple times an hour. The industry says the meters will benefit the environment and consumers, but not everyone is convinced. "The privacy issues are astronomical," said Lisa Nancollas, a Mifflin County Tea Party activist with the group Stop...

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