Guess what I found in my Kennet Council Wheelie Bin this morning?
Alerted by this article:
Germans plant bugs in our wheelie bins | the Daily Mail
Electronic spy 'bugs' have been secretly planted in hundreds of thousands of household wheelie bins.
The gadgets - mostly installed by companies based in Germany - transmit information about the contents of the bins to a central database which then keeps records on the waste disposal habits of each individual address.
Already some 500,000 bins in council districts across England have been fitted with the bugs - with nearly all areas expected to follow suit within the next couple of years.
Until now, the majority of bins have been altered without the knowledge of their owners. In many cases, councils which ordered the installation of the devices did not even debate the proposals publicly.
The official reason for the bugs is to 'improve efficiency' and settle disputes between neighbours over wheelie-bin ownership. But experts say the technology is actually intended to enable councils to impose fines on householders who exceed limits on the amount of non-recyclable waste they put out. New powers for councils to do this are expected to be introduced by the Government shortly.
So I went outside and tipped my bin over to have a look under the lip at the top - and here is what I found...
Details on the bug's abilities are here.
I have checked the information the Kennet Council sent me when they introduced the bins last month with a great fanfare and at no time did they say they were going to introduce an electronic bug onto my premises.
So now what do I do? Do I meekly accept the right of Kennet District Council to secretly bug me or not?
I think the buggers at Kennet Council can expect a follow up....