The USPS’s Semi-Secret Internet Surveillance Apparatus

Source: Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“Pop quiz: Which federal agency runs a social media surveillance unit known as the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP)? If you guessed the FBI, the CIA, or the Department of Homeland Security — sorry. This one belongs to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). And through it, postal inspectors have been monitoring social media platforms about U.S. protests, using tools that include a facial recognition database. That the agency best known for delivering mail has a side hustle in online snooping took a lot of people by surprise …” (for publication 08/21)