The United States Postal Service already takes a photograph of every letter mailed in the United States.
Now, it will share that picture with you, letting you know what mail to expect later in the day.
Informed Delivery is a service that scans the outside of regular, letter-sized mail and will send it via email each morning to users who’ve signed up, letting them know what to expect later in the day.
The service rolled out today to most ZIP codes across the United States.
There are safeguards in place to ensure that photos of your mail will be sent only to you.
However, the Postal Service does sometimes provide photos to law enforcement agencies during criminal investigations. The photos have even been used to trace ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York.
The photos have cropped up in less serious instances, too: In the 2017 CBS reality television show “Hunted,” one team of fake fugitives discovered their method of communication was compromised by investigators who had obtained photos of their friends’ and family members’ mail.