Mar 052010
 
 March 5, 2010  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Raphael G. Satter of the Associated Press reports:

Monitored by millions of cameras and spied on by a secretive domestic intelligence network, Britons could be forgiven for feeling up in arms over the latest threat to their privacy: Intelligent garbage bins that can monitor how much they throw out.

Although the technology is already nearly a decade old, a U.K. privacy rights group says the number of local authorities fitting their trash bins with sensors of some kind has risen dramatically in the past year — affecting at least 2.6 million British households.

Big Brother Watch says the practice could lead to Britons being charged for how much they throw out — and effectively allow the government to go through their garbage.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

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