US Government “Searches” Conducted Using Smart Meters Considered “Reasonable” by Industry Proponents

But wait… I thought our privacy was assured at the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative in regards to the new smart meters and smart meter rollout, the biggest technological rollout since the wires were put up, suspiciously left out of the SLVREC newsletter and website. Everything is fine! It’s all legal like and on the up and up… or will be soon. These people at the SLVREC are so stupid they don’t even know what privacy rights are and so corrupt that they just don’t are. What good is it to the governments threat assessment if the smart meter detects a gun but can’t, because of legal reasons, divulge the exact address? I guess they probably get around this by just getting the GPS location down to the inch. We know for a fact that no information is truly secure by the wikileaks NSA hacking tools data dump. The only safe play is to forego the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperate Smart Meter or else have armed thugs, shooting your beloved pets, busting down your door in the middle of the night because you have been deemed a high threat assessment because of your weapon and because of that high threat assessment they have stripped you of the right to bear arms. Government logic you know.

US Government “Searches” Conducted Using Smart Meters Considered “Reasonable” by Industry Proponents

“It is not merely the specific uses of electricity that one is entitled to keep private.  Home electrical use is merely the consumptive practice of everyday life.  What is more invasive about smart panoptic metering is the mode of networked regulation that a corporate entity, backed by a corporate state, seeks to impose upon the habits of the people — a future not only without privacy, but with radically reduced freedom of thought and action.”

A shocking court filing by industry and smart meter proponents reveals the degree to which corporate and government interests will go to get these privacy-invading devices on our homes.

In the case of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness, v. City of Naperville, an amici curiae brief was recently filed by the American Public Power Association (APPA), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). [1]

In that legal brief [1], smart meter proponents state that:

“A smart meter is not an ‘unreasonable’ search, but is a very reasonable means of advancing significant government interests.”

“The reasonableness of a search under the Fourth Amendment is determined by balancing its intrusion on the individual’s Fourth Amendment interests against its promotion of legitimate government interests.”

So what the parties of APPA, EEI, and NRECA are saying is that whatever government bureaucrats in collusion with their corporate partners determine to be a “means of advancing significant government interests” or the “promotion of legitimate government interests,” [emphasis added], then that justifies you forgoing your constitutional right to privacy.

The above referenced amici curiae brief reminds me of the conclusions of a published paper I highlighted at this website last year claiming that ‘Smart’ Meters Represent Industrial Profiteering and Government San…. [2] [3]  Let’s review a few selected quotations from that published paper [2]:

“Technology developments have broad applications and implications, but the smart energy grid that is being implemented across the United States and Canada, like the worldwide web, we argue, is being appropriated as part of a design to draw upon higher level data from dwellers (as surplus value) in the service of industrial profiteering and in the surveillance interests of industry and the state.”

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[1] Amici Curiae Brief Filed in Support of the City of Naperville by the American Public Power Association (APPA), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), May 19, 2017, available at…

[2] “The Neoliberal Politics of ‘Smart’: Electricity Consumption, Household Monitoring, and the Enterprise Form,” by Anthony M. Levenda, Dillon Mahmoudi, Gerald Sussman, all from Portland State University; Canadian Journal of Communication, volume 40 (4), November 2015.  Complete article available for review at:

[3] “Smart Meters Represent Industrial Profiteering and Government Sanctioned Surveillance, According to Study,” SkyVision Solutions Blog Article, January 2016, at…

[4] Naperville Smart Meter Awareness Group Appeals to Higher Court on Fourth Amendment Violations, SkyVision Solutions Blog Article, February 2017, at…

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