A FOIA lawsuit asks: Why are unions entitled to postal customers' personal information, and what are they doing with it?
If you go onto the United States Postal Service’s website to buy some stamps (or order a ‘free’ COVID test), when you go to check out, and enter all your personal information (name, address, telephone number, etc.), you may find some curious fine print in the USPS’ Privacy Act Statement. [See screenshots below.]
We do not disclose your information to third parties without your consent, except to act on your behalf or request, or as legally required. This includes the following limited circumstances: to a congressional office on your behalf; to agencies and entities to facilitate or resolve financial transactions; to a U.S. Postal Service auditor; for law enforcement purposes, to labor organizations as required by applicable law; incident to legal proceedings involving the Postal Service; to government agencies in connection with decisions as necessary; to agents or contractors when necessary to fulfill a business function or provide products and services to customers; and for customer service purposes. For more information regarding our privacy policies visit www.usps.com/privacypolicy. [Emphasis added.]
Last year, Americans for Fair Treatment’s Elisabeth Messenger came onto Labor Relations Radio and discussed a number of issues (episode here).
Near the end of the episode, Ms. Messenger mentioned AFFT’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the U.S. Post Office seeking information. However, she did not go into great detail.
David explains the background of the AFFT’s lawsuit against the USPO, where it stands, as well as a number of interesting cases he and the Fairness Center are handling.
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