Data Privacy for the Smart Grid

1st Edition

Rebecca Herold, Christine Hertzog

Auerbach Publications
Published January 15, 2015
Reference - 250 Pages - 18 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466573376 - CAT# K16649

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  • Provides clear discussion and explanation of Smart Grid components and data, along with associated privacy risks
  • Supplies guidance on the development of a privacy risk management program, including policies and practices, based on the privacy principles of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and U.S. Fair Information Practices
  • Provides awareness and training recommendations to help Smart Grid leaders understand the key issues involved
  • Presents analysis of the privacy issues within the "connected home" and the use of electric vehicles and charging stations
  • Details privacy concerns involved with energy prosumers – people who produce and consume electricity
  • Debunks Smart Grid privacy conspiracy theories
  • Organizes the Smart Grid into categories that make it easy to identify and discuss the associated privacy risks
  • Includes references to additional resources on Smart Grid privacy topics and related legal issues


Many Smart Grid books include "privacy" in their title, but only touch on privacy, with most of the discussion focusing on cybersecurity. Filling this knowledge gap, Data Privacy for the Smart Grid provides a clear description of the Smart Grid ecosystem, presents practical guidance about its privacy risks, and details the actions required to protect data generated by Smart Grid technologies. It addresses privacy in electric, natural gas, and water grids and supplies two different perspectives of the topic—one from a Smart Grid expert and another from a privacy and information security expert.

The authors have extensive experience with utilities and leading the U.S. government’s National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) Cyber Security Working Group (CSWG)/Smart Grid Interoperability Group (SGIP) Privacy Subgroup. This comprehensive book is understandable for all those involved in the Smart Grid. The authors detail the facts about Smart Grid privacy so readers can separate truth from myth about Smart Grid privacy.

While considering privacy in the Smart Grid, the book also examines the data created by Smart Grid technologies and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications and associated legal issues.

The text details guidelines based on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Privacy Guidelines and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Fair Information Practices. It includes privacy training recommendations and references to additional Smart Grid privacy resources.

After reading the book, readers will be prepared to develop informed opinions, establish fact-based decisions, make meaningful contributions to Smart Grid legislation and policies, and to build technologies to preserve and protect privacy. Policy makers; Smart Grid and M2M product and service developers; utility customer and privacy resources; and other service providers and resources are primary beneficiaries of the information provided in Data Privacy for the Smart Grid. However, everyone interested in Smart Grid privacy implications will derive great value from this book.


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