Here's a little-known fact about the U.S. Postal Service: Since 2001 it has participated in what's called the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program, which means it photographs and keeps records of the labeling information on all envelopes and packages sent through the mail, on behalf of American law enforcement.
Last November, when the USPS admitted that hackers (with suspected Chinese government backing) had broken into their database and stolen the confidential data of all 800, 000 post office employees, outside security analysts suggested the hackers might've been interested in getting hold of other forms of data, such as that database showing every single envelope and package sent through the U.S. mail since 2001.
In other words: the American government definitely has a photographic record of all the “snail mail” you've sent or received over the past decade and a half, and it's possible the Chinese government has one too.
And now the post office is offering to share this mass mail photography surveillance program with you-the-surveilled through its Real Mail Notification service, which is currently being beta-tested in select zip codes. An emailed USPS press release-slash-invitation sent to customers in northern Virginia starts by asking “Did you know that [the] USPS is building new tools to help Customers [sic] manage their mail from smartphones, PCs, and other devices?”
Online junk mail
Manage your mail over the Internet? Sounds promising. Could it be that the post office is releasing an online tool to make it easier for customers to opt out of receiving annoying and unwanted junk mail?
Nope! Instead, the Real Mail Notification program lets you receive advance copies of that junk mail in electronic form. “See your mail before you get your mail, ” says the emailed press release, before explaining: “Real Mail Notification® alerts give you advance notice of your incoming mail, on any device that you use for email. Digital images of your daily mail will arrive in your email inbox in the morning, hours before USPS mail arrives at your home later that day.”
The email urging mail recipients to sign up for this free service touts such advantages as “On vacation, see mail deliveries, or Mail on Hold” and “See important letters, documents and checks, online, before they arrive.” However, an interview which Gary Reblin, the USPS VP of New Products and Innovation, gave to Direct Marketing News suggests that the real intended “customers” of this service will be direct mail marketers – junk-mail senders, in other words.
For most of its history, the post office made the bulk of its operating costs by sending first-class mail – mainly letters and greeting cards. Before the Internet, letters were the cheapest and most convenient way for people to keep in touch with non-local friends and relatives. Currently, however, the rise of email, free long-distance phone calls, Skype, and other super-cheap and lightning-fast communication technologies has killed most of the market for first-class mail.
In 2005 the post office passed a dismal milestone: The volume of first-class mail fell below that of junk mail for the first time. (And at the time, the USPS had to send three pieces of direct-rate junk mail to equal the profit it made sending just one piece of standard stamp-bearing first-class mail.)What does hi mean? What order to learn skateboard tricks? Tricks when using plastic wrap for bulk wrapping? What does a woman feel when a man is inside her? what virus attacks cd4 t helper cells Why do waiters get tips? How to get rid of period cramps fast? What does spaying a dog mean? What does it mean when you don't dream anymore? How to stop from throwing up? What is the meaning of magnify? How to store waterpik tips? What does worldstar mean? How long does my nail need to be to have tips? How to use uber cash? What does power mean for contacts? What are advantages of sole proprietorship? What is the meaning behind the song bohemian rhapsody? I thought what i'd do was i'd pretend i was one of those deaf-mutes meaning? What does agoraphobic mean? What does riaa diamond mean? Tips on how to avoid internet fraud? What are the symptoms of kidney cancer? 444 meaning when thinking of someone? How to do those card magic tricks? Staging tips when selling your home? What does bo mean? Cannabis growing tips when to transplant? what is a helper function? Due diligence tips when hiring? What is the meaning of lambda? What does asl mean urban dictionary? What is the meaning of harrowing? What are neon colors? How to draw a taco? What is the meaning of twink? What does exonerate mean? where helper method php How gre tricks you in quant? Tips on how to decorate an hawaiian party motif? What is the meaning of stratification? How to edit pdf? What does soho mean? How to get rid of mice home remedies? What is today's forecast? how to make hamburger helper with velveeta cheese What are the branches of government? What does ect power mean? How to make armor stand in minecraft? What does radiation do to the body? What does girth mean? Episode where roger tricks stevr into believing he got into hogwardta? What does viscous mean? What is up meaning? How to build a greenhouse cheap? What does subjective mean? What is the meaning of cheap? who is the woman helper in home improvement How ro do bowie knife tricks? Ll meaning when someone dies? How do magicians learn their tricks? How to do knotless braids? What does pat mean? What is medigap? What is the meaning of processed food? How to do vape tricks wikihow? why do you think you are suitable for this position server helper How to pay taxes? For what it's worth vietnam war meaning? How to get rid of poison ivy? How to do witchcraft? What is the meaning of stone age? How to open a snap without them knowing? What do swabit tips attach to? What is the meaning of shemini atzeret? ruby how to make a private helper method League why are so many one tricks in low elo? How tdoes justin flom do his tricks? What does sba processing mean on womply? how much to pay a mothers helper What are the signs of parkinson's disease? How to stop acid reflux at night? What does low vitamin d mean? What does humanism mean? What does mas mean? Where can you buy books to make your dog do tricks in fable 2? What does volkswagen own? What does aspirate mean? How to get rid of a charley horse? What is a checking account? Mookie who has to be one of the smartest dogs in the world learn at least 30 tricks? What is it when a black mole appear around your finger tips? Assassin's creed 4 how to do combat tricks? Red dead redemption 2 how to do tricks with gun? what to add to hamburger helper lasagna What episode does jiraiya die? What does offset mean on wheels? How to hard reset apple watch? What does tp mean?