US Postal Service Prepares to Sell Email Encryption

United States Postal ServiceAs reports of mail workers monitoring letters surfaced this summer, the U.S. Postal Service was applying to trademark merchandise aimed at preventing snoops — outside the government — from hacking online communications. The potential product line underscores the struggle agencies face in balancing privacy and national security — all while trying to keep the government funded.

One brand name filed September 6, “United States Postal Service Digital Services,” would consist of, among other things, “tamper-detection capabilities” for safeguarding electronic documents, audio and videos.

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