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Wednesday September 28, 2011

Leaked DOJ Document Reveals Scary Data Retention Policies

Did you know AT&T keeps a list of everyone you've sent a text to for seven years? Verizon actually stores the entire contents of your text messages for 5 days? Not freaked out enough yet? You can read the entire article here. eek!

The single-page Department of Justice document, "Retention Periods of Major Cellular Service Providers," (.pdf) is a guide for law enforcement agencies looking to get information آ— like customer IP addresses, call logs, text messages and web surfing habits آ– out of U.S. telecom companies, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. The document, marked "Law Enforcement Use Only" and dated August 2010, illustrates there are some significant differences in how long carriers retain your data.