Smart Meters Create A “Honeypot” Of Personal Information To Exploit
Over a year ago, reporter Ruth Lyle of the UK’s Daily Mail, published a rather introspective article about how AMI Smart Meters will be used to spy on British households and the ramifications of that totalitarian-like practice.
In reading Lyle’s article, I could not help but wonder if U.S. consumers are aware of what’s going on with AMI Smart Meters in the USA, because surveillance is part and parcel of the ‘new energy saving’ crisis!
According to Lyle,
A Mail investigation has discovered how marketing firms are targeting data collected by smart meters, which reveal how customers use their gas and electricity, and hoping to turn the information they provide in to a steady stream of cash. [CJF emphasis]
The above statement should be most disconcerting for utility customers everywhere, just not in the UK! Utility companies plan to mine and sell customers’ usage data and to profit off of that data, which belongs to customers and often without customers’ knowledge and/or consent to relinquish/sell their data to unknown third parties. How does that reality sit with you, the consumer?
According to Lyle, “Firms must ask customers’ permission before examining in depth data or selling it on to third parties,” at least in Great Britain. How about in the USA? If you have a newly retrofitted AMI Smart Meter on your electric, natural gas or water utility services in the USA, have you been asked by your utility company to sign a consent form to collect and sell your intimate personal usage data to unknown third parties? Furthermore, have those utilities agreed to give you a commission or rebate on your utility bill for providing such “monetarily-and-profit-valuable” sales leads from which they anticipate earning megabucks?
Lyle points out what AMI Smart Meters are all about when she says,
Experts say firms are eying up the steady stream of data that the devices provide about customers’ lifestyles as a way of making a profit. [CJF emphasis]
The above is most outrageous, since in the USA at least, utilities received federal grants of around $200 MILLION each to roll out AMI Smart Meters. That wasn’t enough for them, undoubtedly. Do you know utilities will be able to jack up the usage rates when there’s high consumer utility use? To this writer’s mind, that sounds like chutzpah, greed and outright thievery. “Pitney Bowes describes smart meters as a ‘once in a generation business opportunity for energy providers’.”
A spokesman for SmartEnergy, UK, said
Consumers own their own data and the decision about whether this can be shared with third parties rests soley [sic] with them. No sales can take place during a smart meter installation visit.
If energy suppliers wish to undertake marketing at the installation consent from the customer has to be obtained prior to the appointment. [CJF emphasis]
That may apply in the UK, but don’t count on owning your data in the USA and being asked to sign a consent form. Please refer to my article “Smart Meter Data: Privacy and Cybersecurity – Congressional Research Report 2012,” which addresses many serious—even Constitutional issues—revolving around consumers’ AMI Smart Meter data; utilities selling it for profit without customers’ knowledge; spying on households to collect that coveted data; and numerous U.S. statutes no public utility commission is paying attention to—and, obviously, are in violation of—when mandating AMI Smart Meter implementation, or else termination of one’s utility service(s).
Isn’t it time for class action lawsuits against utility companies and states public utility commissions regarding the collection and selling of customers’ personal data either with or without our consent and knowledge?
First and foremost, no health and environmental impact studies have been performed on the generational (“G”) microwave platforms that have been rolled out. “Safety” is based upon consensus science proffered by ICNIRP, the professional association that does not accept the fact there are non-thermal radiation waves, which adversely affect humans (electromagnetic hypersensitivity and cancers), the environment and all life forms, when 32% of microwave industry studies ACTUALLY FOUND AND CONFIRMED NON-THERMAL EFFECTS!
The only issue some seemingly are concerned about is the esthetics of how those newly-proposed mini-microwave towers (aka “thimble” towers ) will look every so many feet when placed on city streets and landscapes. One particular city which has taken note, and much to their credit, is Tampa, Florida.
According to Richard Danielson of the Tampa Bay Times,
TAMPA — The City Council on Thursday moved ahead with proposals to minimize the visual clutter created on city streets by the next generation of wireless antennas, many as small as a pizza box, but some as big as a family-sized refrigerator. [CJF emphasis]
“There’s a lot of people who don’t understand what this means (for) the right of way near their homes,” council member Mike Suarez said. “There are going to be some very significant changes to the way your neighborhood looks based on this particular ordinance.”
Among the restrictions on the city: If a city pole cannot accommodate one of the new antennas, the city has to replace the pole at its cost. The city has to allow the installation of new poles. The city cannot impose a distance separation between the new antennas and related equipment. The city cannot prohibit the antennas, except in very limited areas.
That’s because the antennas tend to be smaller, but wireless companies need a lot more of them to create good networks. So instead of big cell towers up to 250 feet tall, the industry is expected to turn to antennas mounted on many more existing or new utility poles. [which means they can be placed right outside your front door or bedroom window blasting 5G microwaves into you, your household and ambient environment, with no health safety aspects or provisions considered, nor implemented!]
What I find extremely troubling about the entire ‘smart’ meme issues includes:
1 – Consumers have become totally enthralled and even addicted to their smart gadgets, which are harming their health from microwave radiation. What don’t you folks get? You’ve been sold a bill of goods—just like the tobacco industry promoted cigarettes even to the point of having medical doctors advertising them —and, unknowingly and unwittingly, have become a contributing part of the EMF problem for relying upon, using and clamoring for faster Wi-Fi plus other harmful electromagnetic frequency gadgets.
2 – Consumers are lax in realizing that giving and/or subjecting microwave tech appliances and gadgets to children are harming them, especially their developmental capacities since microwaves adversely affect kids’ smaller bodies, especially their brains!
3 – Consumers don’t recognize nor realize that anything “smart” is part of the ultimate United Nations’ goal of a total global surveillance society [2, 3]. Welcome to a worldwide gulag!
It’s still not too late to rethink the microwave problems, especially about health issues, that deliberately have been kept from consumers similar to what was done about asbestos, tobacco and cigarette use, antibiotics and the current opioid drug problems, GMO ‘phoods’ not being labeled and literally forced down our throats without consumers knowing nor having a choice via truth in advertising labels, and the infamous clandestine skullduggery that brought it all about as so ‘eloquently’ stated by the late David Rockefeller:
We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march toward a world government. . . . The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries. (source) [CJF emphasis]
Readers will note the source for that now-infamous Rockefeller statement made at the 1991 Bilderberg meeting in Baden, Germany, is a video, which conveniently has been sanitized from the Internet.
The collusion on the part of the U.S. media and others is confirmed. Whom will consumers believe? Need I say any more?
Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.
Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.
Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)