Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Feds developing system to track every piece of mail


Did Admiral Poindexter already find a new job?

'A government report that urges the U.S. Postal Service to create 'smart stamps' to track the identity of people who send mail is eliciting concern from privacy advocates. ... Though details remain sketchy, an intelligent mail system would involve using barcodes or special stamps, identifying, at a minimum, the sender, the destination and the class of mail. ... [EPIC] questioned the cost and effectiveness of a system that hinges on proving the identity of millions of individual mail senders. Even an overhaul of the entire postal system may not thwart stamp-swipers and identity thieves, they said. 'In order to close those holes, you have to move toward a police state.'

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