Edited by Rafael Leal-Arcas and Jan Wouters
Chapter 19: A (legal) challenge to privacy: on the implementation of smart meters in the EU and the US
Smart meters offer a way to address challenges created by the growing production and availability of volatile renewable energies, but they also create problems with respect to data protection. The implementation of interoperable smart meters on the grounds of EU law creates concerns in regard to compatibility with EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Article 7. The EU should therefore adopt an area-specific protection concept, which contains detailed rules to remove the concerns about the legality of interoperable smart meters. This chapter gives a detailed analysis of the smart-meter-related EU legislation and, to put implementation of smart meters into a more general context, gives an overview on the implementation of smart meters in the United States of America.
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