The USPS as an OSP: A Remedy for Users’ Online Privacy Concerns

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New digital technologies, and a legal system that has failed to keep pace, are allowing government and the private sector to engage in unparalleled unauthorized surveillance of online personal data contained in emails and in the aggregation of users' online searches. This article argues that the U.S. Postal Service -compelled to protect communications privacy by its enabling statute, the Fourth Amendment, and other federal laws-should provide email and browser-search engine services to shield users from unauthorized online behavioral marketing and tracking by the private sector and metadata collection by government, and, just as important, give users legal remedies against such abuses. To that end, this article provides a legal analysis and rationale to support the USPS's authority to offer such nontraditional postal services. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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  • Arthur S. Hayes

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