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

Declan McCullagh
CNet

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 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 discussionsover updating a 1986 privacy law 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,cocaine distribution, and wire fraud 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. The assault on our freedoms. I am fighting in the courts of my City a speeding ticket. I believe to be unjust. I have been to court no less then five different times for trials. June/10 is the ticket issue. It should be resolved in March/13. Barring anyone being sick again.

    I live in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Our City was founded in 1905. About one million people live here. We have had not one terrorist attack within our Province never mind our City. My property taxes helped pay for the Court House downtown. Its a monstrosity and a waste of space. No private person would build this giant structure with such a waste of space. Only Government. Now my tax dollars go to pay no less then ten men in full armor armed with semi automatic handguns. Full SWAT like attire too cattle car us citizens and check our belongings prior to allowing us access to our Public Court System.

    I understand that there is an element of people who mean to do harm. What percentage is that element? Perhaps they should have a secondary Court System for specifically dealing with that element. Why am I and so many other Citizens allowing these people to take away our right to freely travel?

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