EPIC Associate Director Lillie Coney testified before the House Committee on Science and Technology regarding Smart Grid Architecture and Standards: Assessing Coordination and Progress. In her prepared statement, Ms. Coney told Congress that the "basic architecture of the Smart Grid presents several thorny privacy issues" and explained how smart meters and appliances transmitting user data wirelessly introduced threats to consumers. She also described how strong security and privacy standards can address the risks of identity theft, unauthorized access, and individual surveillance. EPIC has submitted comments to NIST and the state of California, urging stronger privacy standards for Smart Grid services. For more information, see EPIC Smart Grid.