The USPS' Semi-Secret Internet Surveillance Apparatus
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 when it was reported in...