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Law enforcement wants text messages stored for two years

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FOX - Text messages you send may surface years later.

Groups representing law enforcement want Congress to pass a law requiring cell phone companies to keep text info for two years, just in case it's needed for future investigations.

A report in Wired magazine finds AT&T and T-Mobile discard messages immediately.  Verizon keeps them five days and Sprint hold onto texts for 12 days.

An online security expert for McAfee says one issue with the two year text proposal will be privacy and another would be the cost.

"Companies like AT&T and Verizon would have to hold our data in their system for up to two years. And their employees would also have access to that information as well. This is government regulating how they store date and it's going to cost them money and more than likely they're going to pass that cost on to the consumer," said Robert Siciliano, an online security expert.

Right now, police do not need a warrant to access your cell phone records.  In most cases, the carriers simply hand over the information.

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