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USPS Welcome Kits Deliver Privacy Concerns

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

October 13, 2011

U.S. Postal Service (USPS) "Welcome Kits," which are delivered to people who fill out a change of address form, are a topic of concern for some privacy advocates who say that by selling advertising included in the kits, the USPS may be violating the Privacy Act, reports The Washington Times. Under the act, federal agencies are not allowed to rent or sell personal information. The USPS says it is not doing either of those things and the "move-related special offers" are helpful to new residents. But one advocate says, "you have a federal agency collecting information for one purpose--forwarding mail--and using it for a wholly different purpose--direct marketing."
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