In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations.
The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector general, shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax. The audit, which was reported on earlier by Politico, found that in many cases the Postal Service approved requests to monitor an individual’s mail.Read more
Not all accounts are created equal. It’s only natural that you would care less about an ESPN Fantasy Football account than you would care about your online banking or PayPal account.
Anyone who spends even a little time thinking about security is careful to use a strong password and proceed with caution when accessing a service related to personal finance. However, a lot of users are also relatively careless about their primary webmail account, which often serves as a master key to all other accounts. Think about it: whenever you set up nearly any online account, you’re prompted to enter a primary webmail account. There are a number of reasons for this.Read more