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Is your energy meter spying on you?

Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:45

Utility companies across the country are have been steadily launching initiatives to install smart meters at customers homes, but many have protested, saying that it infringes on their privacy rights and may even cause health issues.Toby Talbot/AP

Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.

The smart energy meters read electric or gas usage, and enable a power company to collect detailed usage data on a particular home or building.

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Is your home's energy meter spying on you?
Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:30

Utility companies across the country are have been steadily launching initiatives to install smart meters at customers homes, but many have protested, saying that it infringes on their privacy rights and may even cause health issues.Toby Talbot/AP

Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.

The smart energy meters read electric or gas usage, and enable a power company to collect detailed usage data on a particular home or building.

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Utility companies across the country are have been steadily launching initiatives to install smart meters at customers homes, but many have protested, saying that it infringes on their privacy rights and may even cause health issues.Toby Talbot/AP

Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.

The smart energy meters read electric or gas usage, and enable a power company to collect detailed usage data on a particular home or building.

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OMAHA, Neb. – A Nebraska civil liberties group is representing a Lincoln man arrested by police last month for handing out religious pamphlets outside Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska said Wednesday that Larry Ball was on a public sidewalk and exercising his First Amendment rights when he handed out the fliers.

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Attorneys with the ACLU filed a motion Monday in Ball's case requesting that the charges against him be dismissed.

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A New Jersey high school student says he was suspended from school after refusing to remove a Confederate flag on his truck.

Gregory Vied, 17, told News12.com he was suspended for flying the flag on his pickup truck, which was parked in a student lot at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township.

Vied says he refused to remove the flag despite repeated warnings from administrators. He says he understands the history of the flag, but that he sees it only as a representation of Southern pride and a connection to relatives from the South.

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A Minnesota school district has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit that claimed school officials violated a student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and email accounts without permission.

The lawsuit, filed in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, alleged that Riley Stratton, now 15, was given detention after posting disparaging comments about a teacher's aide on her Facebook page, even though she was at home and not using school computers.

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A Minnesota school district has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit that claimed school officials violated a student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and email accounts without permission.

The lawsuit, filed in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, alleged that Riley Stratton, now 15, was given detention after posting disparaging comments about a teacher's aide on her Facebook page, even though she was at home and not using school computers.

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Thirteen people, including four U.S. veterans, say their inclusion on the no-fly list deprives them of due process rights, while lawyers representing the U.S. government claim explaining such placement involves classified information and could endanger national security.

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown in August rejected the government's assertion that people on the no-fly list can travel by other means, adding that being on the list does not deprive them of personal liberties.

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