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By Sophie Borland and James Slack
Last updated at 1:53 PM on 01st November 2008
Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty said: 'Snooping appears to have become the favourite pastime in town halls up and down the land.
'Common sense has gone out of the window and instead of putting out more bins, councils spy on householders as if they were terrorists.'
Tory communities spokesman Eric Pickles said: 'Under Labour, the rights and liberties of law-abiding citizens are being eroded through plans for ID cards, sinister microchip spies in bins and abuse of anti-terror laws by councils.
'Taxpayers' money is being wasted on bankrolling an army of municipal bureaucrats who have watched too many episodes of Spooks.'