US Postal Service has been tracking all mail sent within the country for more than a DECADESubmitted by dducks on Fri, 07/05/2013 - 10:14
US Postal Service has been tracking all mail sent within the country for more than a DECADE
Federal officials have been tracking all mail sent through the United States Postal Service for well over a decade, but have been monitoring select pieces of mail for over a century.
Using a pair of systems that snap images of envelopes and catalogue them into batches, the federal government tracks all mail sent in the United States, and has been able track down multiple suspected terrorists, according to media reports. Though the automated systems are only about a decade old, the mail covers monitoring program dates back almost 100 years.
The system tracks names, addresses, return addresses and postmark locations, an expert told the New York Times, explaining that it effectively maps out an individual's network of contacts for the federal government.