kiwimate writes: Research finds that the amount of personal information you give to Google when you use its services is worth $5,000 a year. That's based on how much advertisers and market researchers will pay companies like Google for such data — supposedly between $50 and $5,000 per person per year.
kiwimate writes: Marin County in California has passed an ordinance banning the installation of smart meters in unincorporated Marin. Among the reasons given are privacy concerns associated with measuring energy usage data moment by moment and the potential for adverse impact on emergency communication systems used by first responders and amateur radio operators. The ordinance also comments that "the SmartMeters program...could well actually increase total electricity consumption and therefore the carbon footprint", citing "some engineers and energy conservation experts".