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Is Origin Smart sleepwalking into a shocking personal data breach?

5 Sep 2012
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Early last week, Origin Energy, Australia’s pre-eminent energy retailer, launched an online energy-use monitoring portal Origin Smart to much fanfare. All good – but what about the the privacy and security of the data being collected and made available?

Origin Smart is a website that lets Origin’s Victorian customers to see their home electricity usage updated every half hour. The electricity usage information comes from the new smart meters that were rolled out over the past six years.

Victorian customers (and then customers nationally) will be able to view their electricity usage for up to 24 hours prior to the current half-hourly reading.

Other energy companies, including United Energy, are in the final stages of testing a portal similar to Origin Smart.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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