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Re: Sample Letter to Power Company Text To Stop Smart Meters
Reply #1 - Sep 17th, 2011 at 7:25pm
      Extra example text:

      11. Smart meters can be hacked and will be hacked. The small CPU in these meters cannot protect itself as good as a home PC can, and home PCs are well known for being compromised. By deploying these in the millions with the same exact software and hardware they become a huge target and will endanger the community if an attacker can switch the power on and off from remote in mass. This makes these Smart Meters dangerous and a liability to the ratepayers who would have to ultimately pay for any damage.

      12. Smart meters are not protected from EMP attacks, large EMPs or localized EMPs as simple as a kid with a battery and a coil (Electro Magnetic Pulse).

      13. Disabling the receiver will not prevent other forms of “hacks”. For example a malicious attacker could confuse the internal CPU, reset it, change random memory locations, change the KWH reading, force a power disconnect, or completely disable a smart meter with a simple coil of wire and a small battery. This can’t happen with a mechanical meter. It is well known that a wide EMP can take out car computers, smart meters will now make that possible on the city wide electric infrastructure.

      14. A thief or burglar could the same EMP or hacking methods to turn off the house power even if the electrical switch box is locked.

      15. Encryption of data is irrelevant due to well known “Tempest” attacks, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TEMPEST where an attacker monitors internal electrical switching signals of a CPU or other internal components from a distance. Governments have developed standards covering this. Compromising emanations are defined as unintentional intelligence-bearing signals which, if intercepted and analyzed, may disclose the information transmitted, received, handled, or otherwise processed by any information-processing equipment, like in Smart Meters. This would violate customers privacy and any privacy policy the power company has.

      16. Turning off the RF transmitter is irrelevant due to the well known “Tempest” attacks, the RF wireless transmitter is not needed in these attacks and disabling the RF transmitter completely negates any advantages of these Smart Meters or their costs anyway.

      17. Data about a occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which can be accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those who’s activities were recorded. This can be done by cyber attacks or disgruntled employees and has been done before where the attacked company may not know of the intrusion for months.

      18. The power company has not adequately disclosed the encryption or security methods to the public. The source code to any data encryption must be open source and peer reviewed by the security community at large in order to be as secure as is currently possible. Security by obscurity is no security at all.

      19. Previously it was “fair” that the power company had to go to a lot of trouble to adjust the mechanical meter to read more than it should since they had to come out to do it manually. People can’t modify the mechanical meter because it’s locked up, the power company probably wont do it because it’s just too costly, so that was “fair enough”. Now with the smart meters they can change it anytime they wish by remote and with little risk that the customer will know. Why should customers trust a company that only has profits and stock price in mind? With possible modification of computer code or measurement values / ratios from remote, who will overlook them? Who will ever know? This is an unfair practice and a liability to the ratepayers.

      20. The power company has mislead the public and the Public Utility Commission by leaving out publicly available facts and information regarding smart meters. There are many downsides to this new technology that the power company has not presented to the general public or the Public Utility Commission. Information is slanted and doesn’t address the negative issues fully.

      I demand an immediate stop to the installation of all Smart Meters until all issues are resolved, the Smart Meters to be removed at customers request with no extra charge, a opt-in only for customers who are properly and fully informed and that must have this technology for their own specific need. This is in the public’s best interest.

      I demand an immediate investigation into these issues by the Public Utilities Commission.

      I demand that the Public Utilities Commission immediately order the power company to fully inform all customers of ALL the known facts, including complaints and downsides of this technology within 30 days.

      I reserve the right to amend this notice and complaint at any time, this is not a complete list of concerns since this technology is new and new information is being found every day. Concerns listed here are not in any particular order.

                  Please post this info far and wide! Stop the Smart Meters!

                  Put them on notice and they can’t say they didn’t know. It also makes them PERSONALLY liable, since they don’t have delegated authority from the People to endanger the public’s safety, privacy or health.

                  It’s all common sense, but it seems that when $$ are involved some CEOs lose the ability to reason.
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Sample Letter to Power Company Text To Stop Smart Meters
Sep 17th, 2011 at 7:23pm

Note that we do not provide legal advice here. However, others have used a similar letter to revoke permission for your utility to install a “Smart” Meter on your home or business.

PG&E customers send to:
TO: [Agent for Service @ PG&E                                                 [date] , 2011                            
President Chris Johns,
Vice-President Greg Kiraly         
77 Beale Street, Suite 100
San Francisco CA 94105]

  re: [property address]


Sent By Certified Mail

Dear [President Johns, Vice-President Kiraly , agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties]:

Be advised,  you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of any and all “Smart Meters” or any other surveillance and activity monitoring device, or devices, at  the above property.  Installation and use of any surveillance and activity monitoring device that sends and receives communications technology is hereby refused and prohibited.  Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes. Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above property and all its occupants. “Smart Meters” violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:
1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.
2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those who’s activities were recorded.
5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, corrupt law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
7. “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain “Smart Meter” data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.
10. Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency energy contamination from smart meters exceeds allowable safe and healthful limits for domestic environments as determined by the EPA and other scientific programs.

I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices on my property, my place of residence and my place of occupancy. That applies to and includes “Smart Meters” and surveillance and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds. Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other occupants, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance and endangerment of health and safety, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints. All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my activities, which I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether those negative consequences are justified by “law” or not..

This is legal notice. After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Civil Servant immunities and protections do not apply to the installation of smart meters due to the criminal violations they represent.

Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal. All rights reserved.

//your signature//


Then, talk to your neighbors:

You can use this tactic for houses that are vacant, or where people work during the day.  If there is someone who tends to stay home during the day, they can keep watch on the neighbors’ homes.  Residents give permission for neighbors to represent them.  So, if someone has these forms, they are authorized to tell the installer to get off the property.

This destroys the “is your name on the bill”  challenge by installers.

“Suggested wording for absent homeowner form:

I am the ratepayer responsible for utility services at _________.  I herewith authorize the undersigned to act on my behalf, representing my interests in declining installation of any “Smart Meter” or similar surveillance and activity monitoring device, or devices,  at the above address.



(add neighbors names and addresses below)

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