The Postal Service is reminding employees and contractors to never send credit or debit card numbers electronically.
Email, text messages and instant messaging generally are not secure forms of communication — and encryption doesn’t make snooping impossible.
Consequently, employees and contractors shouldn’t send USPS-issued personal or customer-related credit or debit card numbers in any form of electronic communication.
Postal Inspection Service personnel are permitted to send cardholder data electronically only for law enforcement purposes.
USPS employees and contractors who have a critical need that requires the ability to send credit or debit card data electronically should email the Payment Compliance team to submit a request for an exception.
Exception requests will be evaluated by the team and the Corporate Information Security Office.