Since you are probably guilty of something, police want Congress to force private companies to store your text messages for years so they can peruse them at their leisure.
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 discussions over 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.
Of course there are at least a dozen easy ways to avoid this trap if you are criminal of even middling intelligence. This will be used by prosecutors to fish for evidence when their primary cases are weak. When they couldn’t get Martha Stewart for inside trading, the prosecutor fished around until he came up with something he could send her to prison on. That will be exactly how this will be used in the modern American police state.