Securing Access to Smart Grid Data While Preserving Customer Privacy
A look at state and federal regulations about energy use data
28 Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Currently, there are more than 25 million smart meters installed in homes the U.S. and that number is expected to double in the next 5 years. Smart meter data can improve the customer experience by providing customers with additional information and functionality, but can also also raise privacy and security concerns. Data privacy regulation has developed in other sectors—primarily in the financial services, medical, and telecommunications industries—but it is a relatively novel issue in the energy space. Join Opower’s Arkadi Gerney and Jules Polonetsky from the Future of Privacy Forum for an engaging discussion about privacy regulations that currently exist in the U.S. at the state and federal level. They’ll discuss how California has led the way in developing smart meter data privacy regulations and how many other states are following the state’s lead with their own policies. This webinar will also discuss the privacy commitments made by Opower to protect customers’ smart meter data and will look at how other initiatives, such as Green Button, may influence future smart grid data regulations.
Arkadi Gerney Opower
Arkadi leads outreach to the federal government, regulatory research, and public policy partnerships with businesses, advocacy groups, and non-profits. Prior to joining Opower, Arkadi worked as Special Advisor and First Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where he build and managed Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national coalition of 550 mayors that Mayor Bloomberg co-chairs. Arkadi also managed some of the City's criminal justice programs and developed other national coalitions that Mayor Bloomberg leads. Before joining the Bloomberg administration, he worked as an attorney at WilmerHale and as a partner in a political consulting firm.
Jules Polonetsky Future of Privacy Forum
Jules Polonetsky has served since November 2008 as Co-chair and Director of the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank seeking to improve the state of online privacy by advancing responsible data practices. His previous roles have included serving as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and before that at DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator and as a congressional staffer, and as an attorney. In 2011, Jules was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. He has served on the boards of groups such as TRUSTe, the IAPP, the Network Advertising Initiative, the Privacy Projects, and the Better Business Bureau (NY Region). His writing and research can be found at www.futureofprivacy.org.