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US Postal Service Fights Surveillance Ops Complaints

 

US Postal Service Fights Surveillance Ops Complaints

By Ken Silva
 
October 25, 2021

Recent court filings show that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will disclose documents about its controversial social media surveillance program, but the government has also indicated that it may fight to keep other records secret.


USPS faces several lawsuits from nonprofit groups over its Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP)—the existence of which was revealed in April when Yahoo News reported on an internal USPS memo about the monitoring of right-wing anti-lockdown protestors.

Judicial Watch, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and the James Madison Project have filed separate complaints against USPS for failing to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records on the program, while the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is suing because the government hasn’t conducted a privacy impact assessment for iCOP—a review of what information is collected, why it’s being collected, how the information is being used, and how the data are stored.


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