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Cops to Congress: We need logs of Americans’ text messages

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Declan McCullagh
CNet [1]
Dec 4, 2012

AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and other wireless providers would be required to record and store information about Americans’ private text messages for at least two years, according to a proposal that police have submitted to the U.S. Congress.

CNET has learned a constellation of law enforcement groups has asked the U.S. Senate to require that wireless companies retain [2] that information, warning that the lack of a current federal requirement “can hinder law enforcement investigations.”

They want an SMS retention requirement to be “considered” during congressional discussions [3]over updating a 1986 privacy law [4] for the cloud computing era — a move that could complicate debate over the measure and erode support for it among civil libertarians.

As the popularity of text messages has exploded in recent years, so has their use in criminal investigations and civil lawsuits. They have been introduced as evidence in armed robbery [5],cocaine distribution [6], and wire fraud [6] prosecutions. In one 2009 case in Michigan, wireless provider SkyTel turned over the contents of 626,638 SMS messages, a figure described by a federal judge as “staggering.”

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[1] CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57556704-38/cops-to-congress-we-need-logs-of-americans-text-messages/

[2] retain: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20029393-281.html

[3] congressional discussions: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57555013-38/leahy-pledges-no-warrantless-e-mail-access-for-feds/

[4] updating a 1986 privacy law: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20123710-281/google-facebook-go-retro-in-push-to-update-1986-privacy-law/

[5] armed robbery: http://news.cnet.com/police-blotter-armed-robbers-nabbed-through-text-messages/2100-1036_3-6231980.hrobbery

[6] cocaine distribution: http://news.cnet.com/police-blotter-verizon-forced-to-turn-over-text-messages/2100-1030_3-6221503.html

[7] Special Report: Police Tell Congress to Hand Over Your TEXT Messages: http://www.prisonplanet.com/police-tell-congress-to-hand-over-your-text-messages.html

[8] Text messages direct to your contact lens: http://www.prisonplanet.com/text-messages-direct-to-your-contact-lens.html

[9] T-Mobile admits to censoring text messages: http://www.prisonplanet.com/t-mobile-admits-to-censoring-text-messages.html

[10] Watch what you type! Surveillance cameras so strong they can zoom in to read text messages: http://www.prisonplanet.com/watch-what-you-type-surveillance-cameras-so-strong-they-can-zoom-in-to-read-text-messages.html

[11] Investigation reveals Facebook is spying on smartphone users’ personal text messages: http://www.prisonplanet.com/investigation-reveals-facebook-is-spying-on-smartphone-users-personal-text-messages.html

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