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Expert: Text Messages Don't Just Disappear


August 27, 2010

In light of the Office of the Ombudsman's call for telecommunications companies to hold text messages for up to one year due to a growing number of Official Information Act requests, privacy expert Gehan Gunasekara of Auckland University is pointing to a global trend toward storing such information, TVNZ reports. "E-mails are already kept," he said. "Many people still believe e-mails are private, but they are not. Your employer and a whole lot of people could access your e-mail." When it comes to texts, he said, people need to realize that they are not like a phone conversation. "You hit the delete key and you think it's gone," Gunasekara said, "but it will stay there."
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