New York DPS Staff Schedules Workgroup Meeting On Green Button Connect Terms & Conditions, Customer Agent Access
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New York Department of Public Service (DPS) Staff will convene a working group meeting on Thursday, February 21, to begin discussions on the development of Green Button Connect (GBC) terms and conditions.
"In order for the full benefits of GBC to be realized, responsibilities for third parties accessing data through GBC as well as the utilities’ interaction with these third parties must be clearly articulated in a GBC terms and conditions agreement. The working group will focus only on the terms and conditions necessary for the useful and effective implementation of Green Button Connect in a consistent manner throughout the State," a notice announcing the meeting stated
Additionally, the working group will discuss the feasibility of differentiating a 'customer agent,' an entity to whom the customer has given permission to access their data, from other third parties for simplified/streamlined data access. Specifically, the working group should consider how this designation could be utilized both pre- and post-GBC.
Staff anticipates conducting multiple working group meetings in order to develop and finalize the necessary GBC terms and conditions. The February meeting will kick off the GBC working group scope and process. Given the breadth of this topic and anticipated parties’ interests, the first meeting will focus on 1) an overview of the GBC platform; 2) identification of the substantive elements necessary for the GBC terms and conditions; and 3) designation of a customer agent. Elements of the GBC terms and conditions are expected to include: registration requirements; IT testing requirements; conditions of participation; confidentiality requirements (including any non-disclosure requirements); protection of customer information (including data security measures); notifications of security incidents; and indemnification.