Operationalizing Privacy by Design: The Ontario Smart Grid Case Study

Summary  While improvements to the electrical grid are necessary for the long-term reliability of electricity and environmental sustainability, unless Privacy by Design principles are incorporated at the outset, and by default, Smart Grid systems run the risk of unnecessarily collecting and disseminating large amounts of personally identifiable information. This report is a collaborative effort between The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, along with Hydro One, IBM, GE and Telvent. They take on the challenge of demonstrating how Privacy by Design can and is being operationalized into a major Smart Grid project in Ontario, and as a result, showing that privacy and an improved electrical grid can indeed be achieved in unison, in a positive-sum manner.

Published Date  Feb 02, 2011
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