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Suspicious Packages Highlight U.S. Postal Service’s Mass Mail Surveillance System

The Infinite Brief
The U.S. Postal Service photographs the front and back of every piece of U.S. mail, amounting to about 150 billion parcels, envelopes, and postcards every year.

Known as the “mail cover” program, the process enables law enforcement to obtain address information and images of the outsides of mail as part of an investigation without the need for a warrant through the Postal Inspection Service.

Apart from threats like bombs, the department says its main focus is on mail theft, fraud, and narcotics cases.

Curated from Fast Company

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