P.S.A.'S · 22nd August 2011
Perhaps the following form letter could help people wanting to fight back against Hydro's invasive and unhealthy smart meters.
From: Your address
BC Hydro Account Number:
Certified Canadian Postal Mail #_________________________________________
TO: B.C. Hydro
BC Hydro Building 503-333 Dunsmuir Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5R4
NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS
NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO SURVEILLANCE
NOTICE OF LIABILITY
July 19, 2011
Dear B.C. Hydro and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties:
If you intend to install a "Smart Meter" or any activity monitoring device at *YOUR ADDRESS* you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of all such devices on this property and installation and use of any activity-monitoring device 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 *YOUR ADDRESS* 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 behaviour and occupancy, and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupants’ 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.
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, 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 Provincial wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviours 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, 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. We 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 activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds.
Any attempt to install any such device directed at us, other inhabitants, our guests, our property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, and unlawful surveillance, 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 we 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 or not those negative consequences are justified by "law.”
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. Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal.
All rights reserved.
cc: British Columbia Civil Liberties Association
550–1188 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6E 4A2
cc: Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC
Attention: Elizabeth Denham
P.O. Box 9038
Station: Provincial Government
Victoria, B.C. V8W 9A4