Throwing Out an Idea

Government's right to surveillance should stop at my recycling bin

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

June 20, 2007

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4:15 PM -- Don't get me wrong. I like video surveillance. But this time, I think the local British government has gone too far.

According to an article in the London Telegraph, a British seaside town is now putting surveillance cameras in trash bags in order to find out whether citizens are following rules about putting out their garbage.

  • To enforce the new rules, a camera will be placed in a rubbish bag and left in an alleyway to blend in with the surroundings to catch offenders. Those filmed breaking the rules will be given a ticking off.

    Repeat offenders could be handed a fixed penalty notice or even be taken to court and fined up to £1,000.

Is it just me, or does this seem a bit excessive? What's next -- pocketcams to monitor littering? Bathroom cams to see if we're using too much tissue?

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— Tim Wilson, Site Editor, Dark Reading

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