Our movements are already tracked by CCTV, speed cameras and even spies in dustbins.
Now snooping on the public has reached new heights with local authorities putting spy planes in the air to snoop on homeowners who are wasting too much energy.
Thermal imaging cameras are being used to create colour-coded maps which will enable council officers to identify offenders and pay them a visit to educate them about the harm to the environment and measures they can take.
Yes, a friendly little visit from your helpful local government enviroNazis, to hand out pamphlets on how to save energy with latex caulking around the window frames. Lovely. During which the helpful public servants will have their beady little eyes open for any other possible infractions, like unregistered kitchen knives, unsafe storage of tennis rackets and golf clubs, unapproved wallpaper, improper stacking of recycling containers, etc.
I hasten to add, this energy they are "wasting" wasn't given to these "offenders" by the government. They bought it and paid for it, with after-tax money too.
Something similar was done in Ontario a few years ago by police forces looking to stem the tide of grow-ops in Toronto and vicinity. They sent up aircraft with thermal imaging to see if they could spot any hot spots. A grow-op in a standard house will light up like a Christmas tree on thermal at night.
The result? Inadmissible in court. Caught red handed with 30 zillion dope plants, and they walk. Same story in Britain probably, not admissible in court due to excess logic and practicality.
But use the technology to harass law abiding home owners busy minding their own affairs and not bothering anyone? AWESOME!!!