Yesterday, on the news, Mr O’Brien was seen supporting and promoting power companies’ push to sell the ‘benefits’ of HLAN (home energy monitoring) to electricity customers. Whilst it is understandable that the power corporations would do that (they desperately need a reason for the massive cost of smart meter roll-out), it is very worrying to see a Minister promote the very system that had UK Parliamentarians so concerned, that they eventually stopped the mandatory roll-out there.
In the UK, it was argued that “wireless transmission of personal data, with information about the DEVICES you use, WHEN you use them and WHAT you are doing with them at any given moment, will be available to energy companies and any potential hackers. WIRELESS IS EASY TO HACK. In a wireless “Smart Grid”, your ENTIRE HOME will become a NODE ON THE INTERNET. That means your home and electricity usage will suddenly become available to HACKERS, who can use the data to analyse when certain people are at home, eg YOUNG CHILDREN.”
It is unjustifiably reckless behaviour by the Victorian government to be pushing a system that is certain to undermine the privacy of our homes and the safety of our children within them.