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Audit Reveals Widespread Mail Tracking by U.S. Postal Service

A recent audit conducted by the United States Postal Service inspector general reveals the agency processed nearly 50,000 requests to monitor Americans’ mail in 2013. These requests were submitted by both law enforcement agencies and the Postal Service’s own internal inspection unit as part of investigations into criminal activity and national security issues. It was revealed that many of the approved requests did not adequately describe the reasons for monitoring or have proper authorization.

The surveillance program allows postal workers to record any information the outside of an envelope or package, including names and return addresses. The Postal Service uses various programs, such as Mail Imaging and the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking Program in order to record the information. These systems are typically used when law enforcement agencies make requests to gain more information in fraud, pornography, or terrorism cases.

If you have any mail to send to Brazil Gianfrancesco Geneoso, I’d advise you knowing that the USPS will be looking at it.



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