January 3, 2013

Why Congress's Digital Archive For Text Messages Is Such A Bad Idea

If a new proposal is approved by the Senate, each and every SMS message you send will be stored in a digital archive by your phone provider in the name of law enforcement. ReadWriteWeb reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIf passed, the proposal would be the first major update to the 27-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), and the latest in a string of blatant challenges to the Fourth Amendment.

If this SMS-retention requirement makes it into law, the nearly 2.3 trillion text messages America's 321.7 million wireless subscribers send in a year would all become the property of the Federal government, stored in a repository for 2 years. quotesmarksleft.jpg

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