July 5, 2013

The U.S. Postal Service photographs all mail processed nationwide in a program similar to U.S. electronic surveillance, officials and security experts say.

“Basically they are doing the same thing as the other programs, collecting the information on the outside of your mail — the metadata, if you will — of names, addresses, return addresses and postmark locations, which gives the government a pretty good map of your contacts, even if they aren’t reading the contents,” computer security expert Bruce Schneier told The New York Times.

The warrantless surveillance program for law enforcement is called Mail Isolation Control and Tracking. It’s been in effect almost 11 years.

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