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Mail Tracking System Raises Privacy Fears

A presidential commission proposal to use tracking codes to verify who sends and receives mail through the U.S. Postal Service is getting a chilly reception from privacy advocates who say it could violate civil liberties. The Postal Service began considering the “Intelligent Mail” idea several years ago as a way to help its commercial customers, such as credit card companies and direct marketers, get more information on when and if their mail reaches intended recipients. The idea is similar to what private shipping companies like United Parcel Service and Federal Express already do as part of their everyday business operations — simply labeling everything they deliver with a bar code and monitoring the mail’s location in the delivery process. Full Story

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