Resolution of the Sarasota-Manatee-DeSoto Chapter
of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida
Regarding “Smart Meters”
The Sarasota-Manatee-DeSoto Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of
Florida having considered a presentation by area residents concerned about various
issues associated with the use of Smart Meters both locally by Florida Power and
Light (FPL) and statewide in Florida by numerous other utilities.
The use of Smart Meters involves issues of privacy that are well within traditional
ACLU concerns about data aggregation and collection. Energy usage patterns can,
and have been, used as part of law enforcement surveillance, and the increasingly
fine grain of the data collected and retained by regulated utilities deploying Smart
Meters heightens the stakes.
Florida’s Public Service Commission has declined to address these issues in a
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