The growing threat of a stealth tax on the rubbish we throw away was exposed by startling figures recently.

More than 2.5million homes now have wheelie bins fitted with microchips to weigh their contents.

The bins allow councils to examine household rubbish and sell the information to commercial concerns as well as to impose taxes.

Collection of data from chipped bins could show when households were on holiday, opening the way to abuse by criminals.

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Why is this idea important?

This is another example of government organisations collecting data about us without our consent. This is yet another gross intrusion on our privacy like interceptions of internet traffic, phone calls, ANPR cameras tracking our journeys to work etc.

If we value our privacy, we need to resist this and all other similar schemes.

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