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Garbage Surveillance in Britian

Microchips placed in trash cans have British citizens accusing the government of invasion of privacy.

Citizens tolerate video surveillance in public spaces such as buses, phone booths, and streets, but many feel the monitoring of their trash has gone too far.

Officials said the chips are in place only to monitor how much trash is being collected and help increase national recycling rates. The technology in place now cannot actually determine the contents of a can. However, many people are concerned that the monitoring will eventually lead to weighing their waste and making them pay by how much they throw away.

Some citizens have taken their disapproval into their own hands. A 72-year-old man ripped the chip from his garbage can and then went on national TV to show how he did it.

Check out more on this story in the Star Tribune.