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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Septembre - Linky: If it's free, it's you the product! (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:16:38 +0300

All French housing will soon be affected by the replacement - free - our traditional meters with "smart" meters. pollution devices, connected meters are mainly direct access to personal data which represent a huge market. ---- The "smart" meters will soon invade our homes. This will start with electricity meters, the well known Linky (EDF), whose establishment in France is estimated at 5 billion euros in 2020; Then come the gas meters Gazpar (GrDF-Engie); and longer-term ones with water Consospy. All will be connected to the Internet by radio, that is to say, wireless, and therefore to permanently searchable distance, with any additional waves thereon, and thousands of new antennas.

Among the risks involved in these new meters connected, it is perhaps less known but more dangerous forward: it is their ability to "spy" permanently living habits and consumption of each and everyone, and accumulation of personal data that results. Indeed, the global market of personal data is growing, it is the new "black gold" of the digital economy of the twenty-first century. This data is the basis of the economic model of giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, etc., because they allow to "target" the best all consumers for any product or activity whatsoever. This data is collected continuously in huge big data centers and specialized companies, data brokers (currently 270 in the world), are in charge of world trade in personal data files on the basis of "customer value life" (VVC). This value corresponds to the sum of the average expected profits on the life of a typical customer. For the European Union, all the personal data of its entire population has been estimated at EUR 315 billion in 2011 by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and the estimate for 2020 reached 1000 billion light the growth of the digital economy.

If the "value" of the basic data of an individual (age, gender, address) is only around one euro on the world market, it does not hold true thinner profile data of consumers and consumers. According to a BCG study in 2013, an individual currently living in Europe "worth" on average 600 euro on the world market personal data exchange. Among the fine data, notes: the origins, education level, marital status, number of children, occupation, income, daily living habits, possession of smartphones, various consumption (tobacco, alcohol, and therefore water, gas and electricity), interests, health problems, any insomnia ...

No to Big Brother society

And everything is good to collect, to the point that, today, a semi-occult La Poste participates service, reselling data, good corporate financial health. In this context, the connected meters are a bargain and they will precede little future appliances "smart" (that is to say also connected) as well as "smart" purchases (that is to say, chipped and remote searchable, like the coffee packet of your favorite brand interrogated in your closet by a retail giant).

Can we oppose these changes? In theory, no, for the simple reason that neither our nor our electric meter gas meter not belong to us, they are the property of the municipality or the community of municipalities. For water meters, they are rented us for prices read on our bills and certainly minimal, but to millions of copies. The lessor is either the company (private) delegated public service water (among the big three: Veolia, Suez Engie-Saur) or the town in case of municipal governance. So that only a consideration at the city level can prevent the replacement of our counters. In late July 2016, 230 municipalities have passed such deliberation (which for most, Caen, 110 and 000 inhabitants). A national decision of refusal as in Germany and Belgium may also do the trick. True, voices such as the League of Human Rights are heard to ask the National Data Processing and Liberties Commission (CNIL), French supervisory authority for personal data protection, check the compliance "compliance package" proposed by EDF regarding the Linky; and they demand a moratorium on the current deployment of Linky as concrete and effective against-fires are not implemented. The "intelligence service" is an unhealthy trap, reject monitoring and commodification of our lives.

Daniel warrior subscriber to gas and electricity

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