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DOJ Document Reveals Cell Data Retention Periods

DATA RETENTION—U.S.

September 28, 2011

Wired is reporting on the retention periods of major cellular service providers after the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina obtained a Department of Justice document intended for law enforcement through a Freedom of Information Act request. The document reveals carriers' retention terms for text messages and cell-site data. "This brings cellular retention practices out of the shadows so we can have a rational discussion about how the law needs to be changed when it comes to the privacy of our records," said Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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