Police push for power to tap text messages
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Your text to your mother, father, sister or boyfriend, could someday land you in jail.
Law enforcement agencies are pushing for Congress to force cell phone carriers to store text messages. It's not a requirement now.
Police have long used phone records and e-mails in their investigations. They say text messages would provide more immediate information.
The American Civil Liberties Union and cell phone texters like Kathy Bulpitt are worried about privacy. Bulpitt asks, "What next are they going to be able to get a hold of?"
As of 2010, Verizon is the only major carrier that stores cell phone text messages, and that's only for five days.