NO THANKS: USPS Wants Digital ID Database

The United States Postal Service requested an expansion of its role in digital identity verification. 

Take back the netReports state that the USPS Office of the Inspector General demanded that the agency play a bigger role in the verification of identity and biometric data. 

USPS wanted to extend its passport services program, in order to offer verification to other government agencies. 

Take back the net added that the reports to the government included a “confidence level” about personal information:

“[T]he report proposes that the USPS could provide online name and address validation to government agencies by providing these agencies with a “confidence level” that a person lives at a specific address. The USPS notes that this confidence level could be generated by querying national databases such as the USPS’s Address Management System (AMS), the National Change of Address (NCOA) database, and the USPS’s Informed Delivery database.”

The USPS also pushed for the expansion of its “Informed Delivery” service which had 47 million subscribers. “Informed Delivery” showed a user what incoming mail was expected for the day at a specific address. 

The report is available in a PDF version here. 

NewsbustersIt was revealed that last year the USPS tried to intensify surveillance over the American people.

“The surveillance program, known as the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP), centers around hired analysts who review social media accounts for ‘inflammatory’ posts to share across government agencies.”

The USPS supported the surveillance program, which is not surprising.

“The U.S. “The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which is the U.S.’s primary law enforcement and crime prevention agency, serves as the security arm. Postal Service,” a statement to Yahoo! News said. “As such, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has federal law enforcement officers, Postal Inspectors, who enforce approximately 200 federal laws to achieve the agency’s mission: protect the U.S. Postal Service and its employees, infrastructure, and customers; enforce the laws that defend the nation’s mail system from illegal or dangerous use, and ensure public trust in the mail.”

“The Internet Covert Operations Program is a function within the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which assesses threats to Postal Service employees and its infrastructure by monitoring publicly available open source information,” the statement added.

According to Yahoo! News report, the agency declined to discuss the “protocols, investigative methods, or tools” at use.

Conservatives in crisisThe USPS can be reached at 1-800-ASK USPS (808-275-8777), to demand it stop targeting conservatives. Contact us via the Media Research Center contact page if you feel your information has been blocked. We will hold Big Tech responsible.

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