The United States Postal Service asked for an expanded role in digital identity verification.
Reclaim the Net reported that the Office of the Inspector General at the USPS pushed for the agency to have a greater role in biometric data and identity verification.
The USPS wanted to expand its passport services program to provide verification for other government agencies in addition to the United States State Department.
Reclaim 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.
A copy of the report can be found here.
Newsbusters reported last year that the USPS sought to expand surveillance on 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.”
Not surprisingly, the USPS defended the surveillance program.
“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the primary law enforcement, crime prevention, and security arm of the U.S. 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 the Yahoo! News report, the agency declined to discuss the “protocols, investigative methods, or tools” at use.
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