Since 2015, nearly 28 million Linky counters were installed in France. Managed by the company Enedis, these smart meters, or communicating, have created many controversies. In 2019, the Tours court ordered their removal from thirteen homes, while 430 people lodged an appeal with the Nanterre tribunal de grande instance. Many “Stop Linky” collectives are hard at work to prevent the machine from being posed. But why does the green box attract so many enemies?
- Health. Opponents believe that Linky exposes them to a rise in the level of the ambient electromagnetic field. No scientific evidence has confirmed it, the National Health Security Agency deeming “very low” the probability that the meters are harmful.
- Private life. Consumption data is automatically collected. Last year, the supplier Total Direct Energie was summoned by the National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms to collect user consent more rigorously.
- Free choice. The installation of the box is prescribed by law. To refuse it is to take the “risk of opposing the execution of a public service mission”, warns the UFC-Que Choisir.
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