Several national associations that represent law enforcement are pushing Congress to make cell phone companies store text messages for two years just in case they need it for future investigations.
For many, it's seen as another step of the government into their personal lives.
Those in support of a more open record policy say it's nothing new.
With court orders, law enforcement can already access anything that's available, from phone records to emails. The problem is text messages aren't recorded on servers like email.
If approved, law enforcement officials would still need to get a court order to see text messages.
Wireless companies could pass the cost of saving those text messages onto customers.
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