More Information on Smart Meters and Data

More Information on Smart Meters and Data

Electricity consumption data collected by smart meters is considered to be personal data for purposes of data protection laws in Ireland, including the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  As such, ESB Networks ensures that the National Smart Metering Programme (NSMP) is delivered in compliance with these and that all personal data collected by your meter is safe and secure. 

In so doing, ESB Networks has engaged with the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) and the Data Protection Commission (DPC) on the data privacy aspects of the NSMP and has published a comprehensive set of Data Protection Assessments (DPIAs) which outline how ESB Networks collects, processes and protects personal data. These DPIAS are available to read  here

Data is collected by smart meters and processed by ESB Networks pursuant to its legal obligations under the terms of ESB Network’s Distribution System Operator license (with which ESB Networks is obliged by law to comply).  All personal data collected and processed by ESB Networks as part of the NSMP is processed in accordance with ESB Network’s Privacy Notice, which can be read  here.  

Smart meters are now operational and are read remotely, where communications have been established, greatly reducing the need for estimated bills. Electricity supply companies are also now offering new smart services to customers who have a smart meter installed.

In this section we explain what data smart meters record, how they communicate and how we protect your data.

Smart Meters and Data

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