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Your Outlet Knows: How Smart Meters Can Reveal Behavior at Home, What We Watch on TV

A senior energy technician for Commonwealth Edison holds a standard electricity meter, left, and a new "smart" meter in North Riverside, Ill. on Sept. 6, 2013. Photographer: M. Spencer Green/AP Photo
A senior energy technician for Commonwealth Edison holds a standard electricity meter, left, and a new "smart" meter in North Riverside, Ill. on Sept. 6, 2013. Photographer: M. Spencer Green/AP Photo

Smart meters may be getting too smart for our own good.

As businesses look for new ways to gain insight into consumers, utility meters that wirelessly transmit energy-usage data are increasingly drawing attention because of what they can reveal about our behavior at home, such as when and how often we use certain appliances.