US Postal Service’s Surveillance Program

Yahoo! News shared a surprising report back in April 2021. According to the report, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been covertly gathering sensitive information about Americans via social media posts.

The United States Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement division of USPS, was responsible for extensive illegal searches, according to a legal probe by the inspector general.

The Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) was set up in 2018 to assist the USPIS. Most of these investigations took place between October 2018 and March 2021. These probes were inquiring about the drugs shipped through USPS and issues related to stolen mail.

According to the investigation by the inspector general, iCOP was busy spying on Americans’ social media activity, hunting for uploads posted without state approval and information about organized rallies — presumably, nothing having to do with 2020’s “peaceful” looting and rampant destruction.

Back in 2021, The House of Representatives Committee urged the Postal Service Office of Inspector General to investigate iCOP. The investigating team reviewed data and multiple reports by iCOP during their investigation. The investigation’s report came out on March 25.

The report shows that iCOP had carried out several searches between February and April 2021 that were beyond the legal authority of the Postal Inspection Service.

The report further adds that during that time, iCOP carried out searches that had no legal authorization. The group was continuously monitoring social networking platforms and messaging sites for certain keywords.

The document also revealed that there were no records of management policy for storing sensitive data that iCOP officials followed.

The company changed its name to the Analytics Team after the report by Yahoo! News was published in April 2021.