Privacy is at at the core of all human rights regardless if we have something to hide or not. It is the sanctity of the principle of personal privacyCharities & Non-Profits - Ontario , Canada
This case is about permanently stopping the hydro companies from handing over your smart meter records and your other hydro consumption records to the police. The Supreme Court of Canada has said that even people who are doing an illegal act (such as growing cannabis) are entitled to privacy in their home. In other words, just because you are growing cannabis does not mean the hydro company can hand over private records to the police. Even cannabis growers are entitled to privacy.
Currently, hydro companies treat suspected cannabis growers as though they have no privacy. The hydro companies send hydro consumption records to the police without a warrant or a court order. How does it happen? The police send an email to the hydro company asking for your private records and the hydro companies send the police everything they want. You are told nothing. You find out when the police break down your door.
This means that hydro companies can send any information about you to the police at any time.
If this case succeeds at the Ontario Court of Appeal then this will stop!
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What Do Smart Meters Reveal? Every home in Ontario is obliged to have smart meters. Smart meter records are particularly adept at revealing the presence of cannabis gardens. Cannabis growing requires a fairly unique light cycle of 18 hours light and 6 hours dark which then must switch to 12 hours light and 12 hours dark in order to initiate flowering. Even if a grower tries to disguise the 12 hours of light during the night the police know that energy consumption does not normally rise overnight. If the police see high usage overnight then that is often treated as evidence of a cannabis garden. Smart meter records also reveal when a person wakes up in the morning, when they leave for work, when they come home, when they have dinner, when they go to bed, and when they go on holidays. Smart meters indicate when smart appliances are turned on and when they are turned off. Smart appliances include thermostats, stoves, washers, dryers, fridges, dishwashers, freezers, microwaves, light controllers, smoke and fire sensors, carbon monoxide sensors and home security systems. Smart meters have the potential to indicate when all your appliances are being run. Non-Intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring (“NILM”) technology uses algorithms to disaggregate collected data into individual load signatures. In other words, NILM technology can reveal the electrical devices or appliances being used in a home. The Supreme Court of Canada has said that privacy is necessary for democracy, liberty, and the well-being of the individual. Privacy facilitates public order. However, sometimes it is necessary to fight for your privacy. This is one of those times. Fight for your privacy.