Mail Cover Surveillance: Problems and Recommendations

NACDL's Fourth Amendment Advocacy Committee carefully and comprehensively studied issues concerning the current United States Postal Service Mail Covers regime following the revelations in The New York Times investigative report in connection with the 2014 U.S. Postal Service audit of the program. The concerns raised by this program and its operation fall squarely within NACDL's long history of advocating for the vitality of Americans' privacy and Fourth Amendment rights -- in the courts, in the legislatures, in executive agencies, and in the public arena. [Released April 2015]


Cover for NACDL report Mail Cover Surveillance: Problems and RecommendationsAs NACDL's report concludes, in today's world, and particularly given the new analysis following the Supreme Court's GPS tracking decision in Jones, "addressing the potential for mail covers to violate the Fourth Amendment and privacy norms is more important than ever."


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