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February 22, 2007

Britons up in arms over `Bin Brother'

The British tolerate millions of surveillance cameras watching their every public move. They agreed to let roadside cameras record their vehicular movements and store the information for two years. But when they discovered that their garbage is being bugged, they howled that Big Brother had gone too far. Local governments have attached microchips to some 500,000 wheelie bins, the trashcans that residents wheel to the curb for collection. The aim, they say, is to help monitor collections and boost the national recycling rate, now among the lowest in Europe. The public has reacted with suspicion and fury.

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