Anti-Terror Law Mission Creep in the U.K.
First terrorists, then trash cans:
More than half of town halls admit using anti-terror laws to spy on families suspected of putting their rubbish out on the wrong day.
Their tactics include putting secret cameras in tin cans, on lamp posts and even in the homes of ‘friendly’ residents.
The local authorities admitted that one of their main aims was to catch householders who put their bins out early.
EDITED TO ADD (11/13): A better article on the subject.