Mary Champlin has had the same post office box for 19 years, but now the U.S. Postal Service is threatening to lock the box unless she fills out a new form that she believes is an invasion of privacy.
PS Form 1093, which is dated August 2001, requires people applying for a post office box to list the names and ages of minors or other persons receiving mail. Each adult must present two forms of identification. Any false or misleading information may result in fines or imprisonment, the form warns in italic print.
The new rules were touted as a way to combat mail fraud. But Champlin, a homeschooling mom with a 16-year-old daughter, is outraged. She considers the demand for personal information a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits a government search without “probable cause” that a crime has been committed. [Privacy Digest]