April 15, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There's a push by several national associations to have federal lawmakers make cell phone providers keep your private text messages. According to WSOC-TV, several local law enforcement agencies in Charlotte, North Carolina are pushing for the proposal, in case those texts are needed in future criminal investigation.
Here's how it would work, all wireless carriers would store your texts for up to two years. Congress is currently working to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, since it doesn't include text messages. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), as of 2010, the top five cell providers in the U.S. stored the content of text messages for days or not at all.
If Congress passes this proposal, investigators will most likely still need to have a warrant to look at the texts.