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Going Green,Government Snooping On Household Garbage Could Reduce Childhood Obesity And Save The Planet

September 13, 2010

Beware the green police. They don’t carry guns and there’s no police academy to train them, but if you don’t recycle your trash properly, they can walk up your driveway and give you a $100 ticket. In a growing number of cities across the U.S., local governments are placing computer chips, low-power radio frequency IDs (RFIDs), in recycling bins to collect data on refuse disposal, and then fining residents who don’t participate in recycling efforts and forcing others into educational programs meant to instill respect for the environment.

In Dayton, Ohio, chips placed in recycle bins transmit information to garbage trucks to keep track of whether residents are recycling — a program that incensed Arizona Sen. John McCain, who pointed out that the city was awarded half a million dollars in stimulus money for it.

Lewis, civil rights attorney,  said Cleveland, Ohio  residents need to ask whether sacrificing their privacy — having the government snoop through their trash — is worth the environmental benefit. If not, he said, they should start a referendum to overthrow the ruling. Part of the issue, he said, is that the system is easy to fool: A neighbor, he said, might dump your recycling into his bin to avoid fines.

Mari Frank, a privacy expert and attorney, questioned the openness of the data. “It clearly looks like the reason for the RFID is to collect money, but the privacy issues are paramount,” she said.

“I believe these RFIDs are using technology to violate our Fourth Amendment rights of search and seizure,” she said. “The community should have the right to informed consent.”

Drawn out to its logical  conclusion,  the government and green police could require RFID’s on McDonald’s cups and track disposed garbage and McDonalds fast food consumption through  neighborhoods to help fight childhood obesity. Another example of government super sized…