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Smart Grid Security by Paul Dr. Smith, Florian Skopik

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Chapter 2

Assessing the European Approach to Privacy and Data Protection in Smart Grids. Lessons for Emerging Technologiesa

Dariusz Kloza
Niels van Dijk
Paul De Hertb    Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Research Group on Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS), Belgium

Abstract

Smart grids offer novel means of energy governance and promise an adequate response to environmental, societal and technical developments of the 21st century. At the same time, they are capable of invading the sacrosanctity of the most privacy-sensitive place – the home. This chapter sketches several societal challenges that smart grids pose, and amongst these the threat of abusive surveillance practices. The “light” regulatory approach that the European Union has ...

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