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New Text Message Law Tests Privacy Advocates

GREENSBORO, VA (WGHP) – Privacy advocates say it’s another push into your private life. Groups representing law enforcement want congress to force cell phone companies to store your text messages. If they ever have to investigate you they can pull your records.
      
If passed into law police would still need to get a court order to see them. Another problem, who’s going to pay for your phone company to store all those text messages for two years? You guessed it, the cost, most likely will be passed on  to you.

Proponents say it’s nothing new.  With court orders, law enforcement can already get access to anything that’s available from phone records to emails.  The problem is text messages aren’t recorded on servers like your email.  

According to the ACLU most of the top major cell phone carriers don’t keep records of your text messages for very long. That’s the reason behind the push.  To make phone companies record them for 2 years.