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AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and other wireless providers would be required to capture and store Americans' confidential text messages, according to a proposal that will be presented to a congressional panel today.
The law enforcement proposal would require wireless providers to record and store customers' SMS messages -- a controversial idea akin to requiring them to surreptitiously record audio of their customers' phone calls
CNET reported yesterday that the Justice Department is proposing that any ECPA changes expand government surveillance powers over e-mail messages, Twitter direct messages, and Facebook direct messages in some ways, while limiting it in others.
“There is no compelling policy or legal rationale” for online documents having less privacy protection
Police say criminal investigations are “being frustrated” because companies don’t retain information, or don’t retain it long enough. “Billions of texts are sent every day, and some surely contain key evidence about criminal activity,” Richard Littlehale from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told Congress.
Originally posted by this_is_who_we_are
reply to post by Liquesence
The NSA already does this. At least that's what I've heard.
Originally posted by grainofsand
Am I against it? Of course.
Have I ever thought text messages are a safe form of communication? Of course not.
Texts are only useful for me to arrange face to face meetings for sensitive matters.
Originally posted by sheepslayer247
I don't use texting very much.....hell, if it's not the wife I rarely get a phone call, but if this sort of crap does go through I will simply turn the phone off.
take the cell phone...I don't need it.
Originally posted by tamusan
This could prove disastrous to the economy, if more people react similar to me. I just cancelled the unlimited text services, on the 7 mobile lines, which I pay the monthly charges for. I also blocked the ability for each line to send and receive texts.
Originally posted by TheOtter
This would be akin to opening every piece of paper mail sent by post, photocopying it, storing it and then delivering it to your address. How absurd it sounds when I think of it that way!