Citizens for Safe Technology
Empowering the public to protect children
and nature from unsafe wireless technologies.
Insurance and Liability
As insight and concern surrounding the health impacts of wireless technologies grow, so does the issue of liability. Is the rapid deployment of this untested technology a short sighted and potentially dangerous course? Increasingly, industries and businesses are taking steps to protect themselves from the legal implications of promoting wireless technology without informing the public of possible dangers.
As a result of advertising and incentives, communities are welcoming and adopting an ever-growing array of wireless devices and infrastructure. Schools and libraries, churches, hospitals, care facilities, community centres, sports facilities and entertainment venues, airports, public transportation systems, public thoroughfares, shopping malls, cafes and coffee houses, restaurants . . . almost all public places are inundated with opportunities to install wireless devices for public convenience and enjoyment.
As science emerges that confirms the long-term, non-thermal, biological effects of wireless technologies, will it be incumbent upon industry, business and governments to inform a trusting and uninformed population?
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REGISTERED LETTER FORMAT for BC Hydro - Revised September 1, 2012
No consent to trespass. No consent to surveillance. Notice of liability. (hard copy to be sent via post office) Additional Info about FORTIS ELECTRIC
The information contained in this letter continues to be legal notice. It is still accurate, and you can be confident that your request is legitimate. Take care to use the address currently relevant for Charles Reid, given below. It is recommended that you send your letter to B.C.'s Privacy Commissioner as well (whose address is Cc'd in the letter) and reference your registered mail number. No need to register this copy but the post office will provide a registration sticker to affix to the second letter as well. This is worth the time it takes and is a very important step. At this time it is recommended that FortisBC customers send the Hydro letter, customizing the contact information for Fortis areas. The following sign will serve to alert installers of the intention outlined in the letter. Signs are an important preliminary step to the letter. ___________________________________________________________________________
Below you will find a Form Letter, almost ready to be mailed to B.C. Hydro and Mr. Charles Reid, President and CEO of Hydro. In order to send it, you will need to fill in your name and B.C. Hydro account details, as well as replace the [ * ] with your address in the body of the letter. Don't forget to sign it.
Address your unsealed envelope to:
B.C. Hydro, Attention: Charles Reid, President and CEO,
503 - 333 Dunsmuir Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 5R3
Take your letter and envelope to your post office. They will give you a registered mail number sticker to affix on the line provided for it in your letter. They will do the paperwork.
Put letter in envelope, seal and send. The registration process for one letter costs $8.69. You will be provided with an official receipt which you should keep. Your number will also enable you, for a limited time, to trace online who has received your letter, and when.
You may wish to keep a copy for your records.
FOR B.C. HYDRO REGISTERED LETTER - FORM LETTER FORMAT:
No consent to trespass. No consent to surveillance. Notice of liability.
N.B. for Fortis BC Electric:
It is suggested that you also send a copy to Minister of Energy Rich Coleman, via e-mail, stating, "Read and Received Receipt."
Best to scan the letter, as well as
the registered mail number sticker.
[* Your name]
[* Your account number as stated on your bill]
[* Your address as stated on your bill, including Province and Postal Code]
Certified Canadian Postal Mail # _____________________
Attention: Charles Reid, President and CEO
BC Hydro Building
503-333 Dunsmuir Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5R3
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC: Elizabeth Denham
P.O. Box 9038
Station: Provincial Government Victoria, B.C. V8W 9A4
NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS,
NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO SURVEILLANCE,
NOTICE OF LIABILITY
[* Date of letter]
Dear Mr. Reid, B.C. Hydro and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties,
If you intend to install a wireless "Smart Meter" or any activity-monitoring device at [*address of occupant], you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of all such devices on the above property and installation and use of any activity-monitoring device is hereby refused and prohibited.
Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes.
Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information.
That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to [*address of occupant] and all its occupants.
"Smart Meters" violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:
1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated, causing invasion of privacy.
2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
3. They transmit wireless signals, which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy, and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupants' daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data.
5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
7. "Smart Meters" are, by definition, surveillance devices, which violate Federal and Provincial wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
8. It is possible, for example, with analysis of certain "Smart Meter" data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put. I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices on my property, my place of residence and my place of occupancy. That applies to and includes "Smart Meters" and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds.
Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other inhabitants, guests, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, and unlawful surveillance, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints.
All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my activities, which I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether or not those negative consequences are justified by "law."
This is legal notice. After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal.
All rights reserved.
[* Name, in full, of energy user and/or customer]
The information contained in this letter continues to be legal notice. It is still accurate, and you can be confident that your request is legitimate. Take care to use the address currently relevant for Charles Reid, given below.
It is recommended that you send your letter to B.C.'s Privacy Commissioner as well (whose address is Cc'd in the letter) and reference your registered mail number. No need to register this copy but the post office will provide a registration sticker to affix to the second letter as well.
This is worth the time it takes and is a very important step.
At this time it is recommended that FortisBC customers send the Hydro letter, customizing the contact information for Fortis areas. The following sign will serve to alert installers of the intention outlined in the letter. Signs are an important preliminary step to the letter.
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Citizens For Safe Technology
"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
Citizens for Safe Technology is a not-for-profit educational society made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, scientists, politicians and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposure to harmful wireless technologies.
We believe a profound urgency exists to protect the unsuspecting public, especially children, youth and pregnant mothers from unsafe wireless technologies.
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