The Post Office Department of Public Affairs said Tuesday that it has opened an investigation into whether it’s in violation of the law if a subscriber sends an email containing a link to a news article or other article about the Postal Service.
“The Postal Service and the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act prohibit the use of the Internet to send unsolicited commercial material and, in particular, to distribute content that is false, misleading, defamatory, threatening, abusive, libelous, pornographic, threatening or abusive,” the department wrote in a letter to the Post Office.
“We have received numerous complaints about these types of material.
The Postal Service has a strong anti-bribery policy and has taken a number of proactive steps to prevent and combat the distribution of such material.
We take this matter seriously and are working to address these issues as quickly as possible.”
The Postal Accountability & Enhancement Act, a law passed in 2010 to protect postal employees from unauthorized or inappropriate sharing of confidential information, also requires the Postal Regulatory Commission to issue public reports on the distribution, dissemination and marketing of any commercial or other commercial material.
It also provides for the enforcement of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order that prohibits ISPs from blocking or slowing down access to certain websites.
The Post Office says that it’s also investigating whether the subscriber’s email was sent with the intent to circumvent the law.
“This issue is being addressed by our internal law enforcement team, and we will not be providing further comment,” a Post Office spokesperson said.
The department said that it would continue to enforce the Open Internet rules until the law is fully repealed.