Police want your texts

Today’s Slaw post

A CNET article entitled Cops to Congress: We need logs of Americans’ text messages says that “State and local law enforcement groups want wireless providers to store detailed information about your SMS messages for at least two years — in case they’re needed for future criminal investigations.”

This issue keeps coming up – the Canadian lawful access attempts are another example.

Attempts to force the preservation of this type of communication is tremendously invasive and wrong on many levels. To me, it is no different than asking phone companies to record and save phone conversations or the post office to copy mail – “in case they’re needed for future criminal investigations.”


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