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Mac the Knife

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Postal Machines Take and Store Photos
« on: December 23, 2004, 07:30:53 pm »

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[5] EPIC FOIA Request Shows Postal Machines Take and Store Photos
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EPIC has obtained documents under the Freedom of Information Act
showing that the Postal Service's new self-service postage machines
take and retain portrait-style photographs of customers.

The Automated Postal Center kiosks allow people to mail letters or
packages, buy stamps, and look up information.  One document obtained
by EPIC states that "n order to augment security, a digital
photograph will be necessary for some transactions."  Another document
reads, "[c]amera required by FAA. Privacy Office is requiring a notice
for customers, advising that photograph may be taken during the
transaction."

According to the documents, the Automated Postal Center system
"retains transaction data, application logs, user photographs, and
alerts for a relatively short period of time."  Photos of customers
and machine servicers are retained for 30 days on a Windows XP
platform.

The system also retains credit card data, though it is unclear how
long such information is stored.  One document states, "[n]o revenue
transactions shall be permitted to complete in the event the analysis
of the photograph determines the photograph to be compromised."

The documents are available at:

     http://www.epic.org/privacy/postal/postalapc.pdf

For more information about postal privacy, see EPIC's Postal Service
Privacy Page:

     http://www.epic.org/privacy/postal
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Postal Machines Take and Store Photos
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2004, 07:39:23 pm »

Damnit!  I used to love those things.

Next time I'm at the PO, I'll check the machine for camera lenses - if they're taking useful photos, they should be pretty obvious.

- Chris
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2004, 11:17:09 pm »

I guess I'll have to stand at one side when using them now... O_o
 
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2004, 11:04:53 am »

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I guess I'll have to stand at one side when using them now... O_o
Read the fine print above. This will not work. If the photo is not any good or is compromised in any way no transaction will take place. :angry:  
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