Gov’t Collects Logs Of Every Piece Of Mail Sent in The United States
Maybe it would be easier to find something that the government doesn’t track.
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If the government collecting tons of metadata on phone and online communications has made you consider sticking with the Postal Service, then you may want to read this first. The New York Times reports today on how government law enforcement agencies are collecting logs on every single piece of mail sent within the United States. USPS computers take photos of the outside of every piece of mail (they need a warrant to actually read the contents) and send them to the agencies that request the information.
The Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program started in 2001 after a number of anthrax attacks that killed five people. It first came to public attention a few weeks ago by the FBI during its investigation into ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The Times details how a New York man found out last year the USPS was tracking him, and explains exactly what the program is and how it works.