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Isgrimnur
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« on: March 20, 2013, 08:16:46 PM »

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House subcommittee chairman Jim Sensenbrenner will preside over today's hearing to discuss updating a 1986 privacy law.
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AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and other wireless providers would be required to capture and store Americans' confidential text messages, according to a proposal that will be presented to a congressional panel today.
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The law enforcement proposal would require wireless providers to record and store customers' SMS messages -- a controversial idea akin to requiring them to surreptitiously record audio of their customers' phone calls -- in case police decide to obtain them at some point in the future.

"Billions of texts are sent every day, and some surely contain key evidence about criminal activity," Richard Littlehale from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will tell Congress, according to a copy  of his prepared remarks. "In some cases, this means that critical evidence is lost. Text messaging often plays a big role in investigations related to domestic violence, stalking, menacing, drug trafficking, and weapons trafficking."
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They had asked that an SMS retention requirement be glued onto any new law designed to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act for the cloud computing era -- a move that would complicate debate over such a measure and erode support for it among civil libertarians and the technology firms lobbying for a rewrite.

Given how rubber-stamp-y the courts seem to be about making the carriers fork over call records, I don't really see it being a substantial barrier for them to get text messages if they get their wish.  I'm not really happy about this one.
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2013, 08:19:10 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 20, 2013, 08:16:46 PM

I'm not really happy about this one.

Innocent people don't have anything to hide.  paranoid
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2013, 08:31:49 PM »

I really dislike the  emergency clause in this bill.   With that, you can bypass the warrant initially.   But one you know what your suspect is doing,  getting a warrant will be a heck of a lot easier, right?
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2013, 09:32:23 PM »

I guess  Obama meant the US populace when he said he'd have an  open and transparent administration?
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2013, 09:37:21 PM »

Why, yes, you should absolutely blame the president for the bill modifications that's being considered in a House subcommittee chaired by a Republican.  How about you put up the Jump to Conclusions mat and actually try following along with the actual story?
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2013, 09:38:38 PM »

They can have all of my text messages. Oh wait, I've never sent one.
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2013, 07:33:05 AM »

Meh - we've had that for years here in Denmark - All it has resulted in is that now the police want it repealed since they simply dont have the capacity to store them anymore. I can't recall a single case of it being used.

Specifically they were to be used in case of terrorist cases but that was never the case.
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