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Cellular Privacy

Cellular Privacy

The law enforcement officials in many cities are petitioning congress to require by law that cellular carriers store both the meta data (information like who the text massage is sent to and who the message is from) as well as the text messages content for a minimum of 2 years.

Out of the major US carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) Verizon stores this information already for 5 to 30 days (depending on when the servers flush), while Sprint stores this information for up to 15 days. The GSM carrier AT&T stores only the meta data but not the content for up to 18 months. T-mobile however does not store any information. Last year there were more that 2.2 trillion text messages sent in the United States alone. (That works out to more than 6 billion messages a day) Meaning there would be huge (and more than likely expensive) modifications made to the infrastructure of all US carriers.

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