A small device has been fitted on bins around Sydney to see what's being thrown out but critics fear where personal information could end up.
NSWCCL Stephen Blanks contributed to this story with concern for what happens to the information collected by these devices.
"My concern is that Council is not being transparent about what is being done with the data that is being collected. The data could be valuable to data and could be something that Google, for example, is prepared to pay for. "
David Vaile from the Australian Privacy Foundation also questions the future use of data gathered. "The big question is, what else can they do with it later on? Can they tie it with other information and discriminate against you or maybe discriminate against your neighbourhood?"
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Source: Channel 7 News