The other day I blogged a report on the roll-out of a secret spy camera network in Scotland.

Today in the Times I find out that the government is bugging our garbage.

Radio frequency tags, containing chips with identifying serial numbers, have been secretly fitted beneath the lids of wheelie-bins in parts of Cheshire, Cambridge, Norfolk and Surrey.

Council spokespersons say that the bugs are designed to help them monitor waste disposal and settle ownership disputes over bins.

Excuse me?

When was the last time your bin was stolen? Have you ever been accused of misappropriating someone else’s?

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