Waste watchers? British trash bins being fitted with microchips

Waste watchers? British trash bins being fitted with microchips, some fear garbage spies

By Raphael G. Satter, The Associated Press

LONDON - 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.


Very strange. What’s to stop someone from switching bins with a neighbour?

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