Cops Want Wireless Carriers to Store Text Message Records For Two Years — Just In Case

 

 

 ” It’s sufficiently worrying that law enforcement agencies want Congress to require wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon to retain records of all text messages sent over their networks for two full years. As CNET’s Declan McCullough reports, police and other law enforcement authorities say they want text-message logs available just in case they’re needed in a criminal investigation.

The blanket nature of the policy, though, would sweep everyone in before any evidence of any crime existed. Almost by definition, most of the message logs would involve law-abiding citizens sending private messages. An information trove that big would be awfully tempting for legal authorities. How long before law enforcement started making requests to view and search those logs in hopes of finding criminal activity? With private communications like these, it’s a short jump from “just in case they’re needed” to “any time they’re wanted.”