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"One of the false assumptions that people make is that when they hit the
delete button, messages are gone forever, but nothing can be further
from the truth," said Jeff Kagan, an independent telecommunications
analyst in Atlanta.


<http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=1293&e=1&u=/ap/20040606
/ap_on_hi_te/text_messaging_records&sid=95573418>
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs,alt.cellular (More info?)

    In message <<rmarkoff-038890.17471106062004@news2.west.earthlink.net>>
    "Røbert M." <rmarkoff@faq.city> did ramble:

    >"One of the false assumptions that people make is that when they hit the
    >delete button, messages are gone forever, but nothing can be further
    >from the truth," said Jeff Kagan, an independent telecommunications
    >analyst in Atlanta.

    Umm *duh*

    My carrier lets me pull up history on their website.

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  2. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs,alt.cellular (More info?)

    In article <ByPwc.6095004$iA2.702339@news.easynews.com>,
    DevilsPGD <UseTheReplyToField@crazyhat.net> wrote:

    > In message <<rmarkoff-038890.17471106062004@news2.west.earthlink.net>>
    > "Røbert M." <rmarkoff@faq.city> did ramble:
    >
    > >"One of the false assumptions that people make is that when they hit the
    > >delete button, messages are gone forever, but nothing can be further
    > >from the truth," said Jeff Kagan, an independent telecommunications
    > >analyst in Atlanta.
    >
    > Umm *duh*
    >
    > My carrier lets me pull up history on their website.

    and so can the authorities.
  3. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs,alt.cellular (More info?)

    "Røbert M." <rmarkoff@faq.city> wrote in message
    news:rmarkoff-873655.20332506062004@news2.west.earthlink.net...
    > In article <ByPwc.6095004$iA2.702339@news.easynews.com>,
    > DevilsPGD <UseTheReplyToField@crazyhat.net> wrote:
    >
    > > In message <<rmarkoff-038890.17471106062004@news2.west.earthlink.net>>
    > > "Røbert M." <rmarkoff@faq.city> did ramble:
    > >
    > > >"One of the false assumptions that people make is that when they hit
    the
    > > >delete button, messages are gone forever, but nothing can be further
    > > >from the truth," said Jeff Kagan, an independent telecommunications
    > > >analyst in Atlanta.
    > >
    > > Umm *duh*
    > >
    > > My carrier lets me pull up history on their website.
    >
    > and so can the authorities.

    So, that would make it different from every other form of communication just
    how? Are you just figuring this out?

    That's fine, because like 99% of the people posting and reading here, its
    not an issue.
  4. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs,alt.cellular (More info?)

    In alt.cellular.sprintpcs "R?bert M." <rmarkoff@faq.city> wrote:

    >> My carrier lets me pull up history on their website.
    >
    > and so can the authorities.

    Yeah, well, smart people don't send sensitive information via SMS anyhow.
    It's sent through the cellular network and (if necessary) over the Internet
    in the clear, unencrypted. So even if your carrier doesn't store archived
    copies of your messages, anyone thinking they have any privacy while using
    SMS is an idiot.

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  5. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs,alt.cellular (More info?)

    In message <<X_KdnTeRBOD7T17d4p2dnA@adelphia.com>> "Scott Stephenson"
    <scott.stephensonson@adelphia.net> did ramble:

    >So, that would make it different from every other form of communication just
    >how? Are you just figuring this out?

    The difference between that and a phone call is that with a phone call,
    only the who, when and where are available, not the what (what was said)

    It's a critical difference.

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  6. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs,alt.cellular (More info?)

    Steven J Sobol <sjsobol@JustThe.net> wrote in message news:<Isedna4OxqJqb17d4p2dnA@lmi.net>...
    > In alt.cellular.sprintpcs "R?bert M." <rmarkoff@faq.city> wrote:
    >
    > >> My carrier lets me pull up history on their website.
    > >
    > > and so can the authorities.
    >
    > Yeah, well, smart people don't send sensitive information via SMS anyhow.
    > It's sent through the cellular network and (if necessary) over the Internet
    > in the clear, unencrypted. So even if your carrier doesn't store archived
    > copies of your messages, anyone thinking they have any privacy while using
    > SMS is an idiot.

    When I saw the header, i thought it would be about the item I heard on
    a talk show a week or so agom, about text mess,in some big name legal
    case, maybe the kobe bryant case (?)--the comments were that text
    messagage from several months ago were being retrieved.
  7. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs,alt.cellular (More info?)

    "DevilsPGD" <UseTheReplyToField@crazyhat.net> wrote in message
    news:OWTwc.16970354$Id.2807142@news.easynews.com...
    > In message <<X_KdnTeRBOD7T17d4p2dnA@adelphia.com>> "Scott Stephenson"
    > <scott.stephensonson@adelphia.net> did ramble:
    >
    > >So, that would make it different from every other form of communication
    just
    > >how? Are you just figuring this out?
    >
    > The difference between that and a phone call is that with a phone call,
    > only the who, when and where are available, not the what (what was said)
    >
    > It's a critical difference.
    >
    > --

    Not if the government is looking at you. If they are looking at your text
    messages, the same piece of paper that allows them to do it is more than
    likely making your phone calls a little less private.
  8. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs (More info?)

    Any one who believes in this thread needs to get a life.

    Surely you don't belive that anyone is monitoring the millions of SMS messages
    flying around the world each minute of each day.

    How stupid that this thread got past the initial post.

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    In article <20040607213128.11516.00000743@mb-m04.aol.com>,
    sexyexotiche@aol.comspamfree (John S.) wrote:

    > Any one who believes in this thread needs to get a life.
    >
    > Surely you don't belive that anyone is monitoring the millions of SMS messages
    > flying around the world each minute of each day.
    >
    > How stupid that this thread got past the initial post.

    No, no one sits looking at all text messages, but any and all of your
    messages can be retroactively retreived for examination if the powers
    that be decide to do so.

    Ollie North found that out about email in 1987. Email he assumed he had
    deleted, was retreived and used against him.
  10. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs (More info?)

    "R?bert M." <rmarkoff@faq.city> wrote:

    > No, no one sits looking at all text messages, but any and all of your
    > messages can be retroactively retreived for examination if the powers
    > that be decide to do so.
    >
    > Ollie North found that out about email in 1987. Email he assumed he had
    > deleted, was retreived and used against him.

    If someone (in government or law enforcement) has a reason to look at your
    activities, they can force a carrier to save your messages, but I think you're
    wrong about messages being retroactively saved.

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  11. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs,alt.cellular (More info?)

    In message <<KqidnQht7t-2YVndRVn-jg@adelphia.com>> "Scott Stephenson"
    <scott.stephensonson@adelphia.net> did ramble:

    >> The difference between that and a phone call is that with a phone call,
    >> only the who, when and where are available, not the what (what was said)
    >>
    >> It's a critical difference.
    >
    >Not if the government is looking at you. If they are looking at your text
    >messages, the same piece of paper that allows them to do it is more than
    >likely making your phone calls a little less private.

    True. However, no paper signed *today* can recover a phone call
    *yesterday* -- Text messages, however, can be recovered.


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    "DevilsPGD" <UseTheReplyToField@crazyhat.net> wrote in message
    news:63bxc.6169308$iA2.708217@news.easynews.com...

    >
    > True. However, no paper signed *today* can recover a phone call
    > *yesterday* -- Text messages, however, can be recovered.
    >

    Agreed, but like email (another electronic means of text communication),
    the scenario is the same. And I would not have expected anything less than
    what is now being reported. I think where we get off track is comparing
    text and voice communication- kind of an apples and oranges situation.
  13. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs,alt.cellular (More info?)

    DevilsPGD wrote:


    >>Not if the government is looking at you. If they are looking at your text
    >>messages, the same piece of paper that allows them to do it is more than
    >>likely making your phone calls a little less private.
    >
    >
    > True. However, no paper signed *today* can recover a phone call
    > *yesterday* -- Text messages, however, can be recovered.

    This is true. However logs of phone calls... where the call was made,
    from what number and to what number, can be retroactively retrieved.

    Of course, what was SAID in that conversation is anyone's guess. Some
    mobster could be calling his right hand man to discuss the fine
    intricate and important details of who gets whacked next and how, or he
    could just be a respectable gentleman, chatting with his acquaintance
    about the weather for two and a half hours, during his peak airtime
    period. The usefulness of rate & route info depends on the skills of
    the prosecutor and the willingness of the jury to accept what that
    prosecutor says as gospel.


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    In alt.cellular.sprintpcs R?bert M. <rmarkoff@faq.city> wrote:
    > "One of the false assumptions that people make is that when they hit the
    > delete button, messages are gone forever, but nothing can be further
    > from the truth," said Jeff Kagan, an independent telecommunications
    > analyst in Atlanta.
    >
    >
    > <http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=1293&e=1&u=/ap/20040606
    > /ap_on_hi_te/text_messaging_records&sid=95573418>

    Nothing special about that [other than your link is broken as usual].
    Once you send a message into the public ether, you SHOULD EXPECT that it
    will be archived there, even if it is in fact not archived. I am sure
    that the FBI has long hooked Carnivore up to SMS .... what better way to
    watch those loony kadas planning their terrorism. :)

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