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Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) and the Green Button Alliance (GBA) are the first organisations to join the DataGuard Energy Data Partnership Programme.

The DataGuard Partnership Programme offers a formalised way for member-based organisations to indicate their support for the DataGuard consumer privacy concepts and principles.

“With the recent turmoil around the unauthorised use of personal information, SECC believes consumers will be reassured by the DataGuard mark that communicates that energy and technology providers are treating their personal energy usage data confidentially,” said Patty Durand, President & CEO, SECC.

DataGuard is a voluntary programme that provides high-level principles around the treatment, retention and disposal of customer data. While the US Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity initiated the effort, the concepts and principles were created by industry stakeholders to provide a framework for establishing practices that safeguard the access, use and sharing of customer data, which are described in the Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC).

The VCC is particularly useful for emerging vendors to encourage customers to authorize utilities to make customer data available for analysis and automation and to assure customers that the vendor will treat their personal data responsibly.

“The Green Button Alliance leads the development of the Green Button utility-data exchange standard, which ensures utility customer-data privacy and the secure sharing of customer data,” said Jeremy J. Roberts, Executive Director, GBA.

“The GBA’s partnership in the DataGuard programme aligns with our ongoing commitment to responsible data access and customer privacy.”

Green Button Alliance is a nonprofit fostering the development, testing and compliance, and widespread adoption of the global Green Button electricity-, natural gas- and water-usage data-sharing standard.

Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative is a nonprofit serving as a trusted source of information for industry stakeholders seeking understanding of consumers’ views about grid modernization, electricity delivery and energy usage and for consumers seeking an understanding of the value of a modern electrical grid.