The Panel has established a new Sub-Committee to manage all Privacy matters on its behalf. The group is called the Privacy Sub-Committee (PSC) and SECAS is issuing a call for nominations for the membership.
The below seats are available for nomination:
- 6 persons representing Large Suppliers Parties;
- 2 persons representing Small Supplier Parties;
- 2 persons representing Electricity Network Parties and Gas Network Parties;
- 3 persons representing Other User;
- 1 person appointed by the DCC; and
- 1 Consumer Member nominated by Citizens Advice or Citizens Advice Scotland.
The full Invitation for nominations can be found here.
The inaugural PSC meeting is proposed for Thursday 22 February 2024. The PSC will then meet on a monthly basis on the third Thursday of the month thereafter subject to confirmation of membership availability.
How to make a nomination
Please complete the online form here by 5pm on Wednesday 7 February 2024. Please note, SEC Parties need to be logged in to the website to access this form. If you do not have a SEC website account, please register here.
If you have any questions, please contact SECAS@gemserv.com
The Panel Chair, Angela Love, also wanted to share her thoughts with SEC Parties regarding this exciting opportunity:
“Privacy issues are taking up an increasing amount of SEC Panel time, and some of them are very technical in nature. The SEC Panel wants to ensure that sufficient time and expertise is available to consider these matters, and therefore decided to create a Privacy Sub-Committee with delegated decision-making authority to take on this work.
The UK government is keen to promote smart meter data sharing in order to unlock some of its strategic objectives, particularly around low carbon and demand flexibility. There are also a number of innovative Other Users who want to access and process personal data in novel ways and this is likely to remain a significant trend.
Data protection is recognised by the UK Government as a critical factor in unlocking the benefits of innovation, as individuals need to trust that their data will be kept safe and used fairly in order to accept smart meters and permit data sharing.
I want to ensure that the SEC supports the UK Government’s strategic objectives for smart metering, including by helping organisations build trust and confidence in smart meter data-enabled innovations whilst also meeting data privacy obligations. The PSC will play an important role in influencing data ethics and privacy practices within the SEC. The Sub-Committee will also allow us to debate emerging privacy issues, translate those deliberations into actionable requirements through SEC Section I and the Privacy Controls Framework, and assure compliance with SEC obligations. Its work will be essential in driving the continued roll out of smart meters in the UK by ensuring consumers have faith that their data privacy is respected.”