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However, the majority of cellular service providers do not save the content of text messages at all.
As of 2010, Verizon Wireless saved text message content for three to five days while Virgin Mobile retained text message content for ninety days but stated that it would only disclose that content if law enforcement had a search warrant containing a “text of text” request.
The proponents sought an amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 to require service providers to retain the substance of text messages.
On March 19, 2013, a House subcommittee held a Hearing on this issue.
A proponent of increased text message retention plans Richard Littlehale from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation explained:“most cellular service providers do not retain stored text messages accessible to law enforcement for any time at all.
Billions of texts are sent every day, and some surely contain key evidence about criminal activity.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) contracted with Cellebrite for the UFED in 2009, 2012 (there were two contracts in 2012), 2013, 2014, 20 for the UFED.
All of the providers retained records of the date and time of the text message and the parties to the message for time periods ranging from sixty days to seven years.
Cellular phone forensics company Cellebrite recently gained national notoriety for its rumored assistance in cracking the password of an i Phone related to the San Bernardino murders.
What many practitioners don’t know is that the FBI, DOJ and the SEC have been using Cellebrite’s forensic cell-phone cracking tools for years.
The UFED can also recover deleted Blackberry Messenger (“BBM”) messages, a text messaging application exclusive to Blackberry devices.
This ability is critical for investigators because according to Blackberry Support,“[t]he Blackberry Messenger database does not keep permanent records of conversations between Blackberry Messenger users.” “The conversation contents are kept only as long as the conversation is open.” Because of the limited information retained with respect to BBMs they are a communication medium of choice for some criminal organizations.While the use of its products to get past passcodes might have garnered more public acclaim, one of the other less well known features is its ability to speedily uncover information that might have been previously unrecoverable, including deleted data and text messages.In 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) served a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request to the Department of Justice seeking an internal memorandum regarding the data retention plan of major cellular service providers.Paul Luehr a former federal prosecutor and former supervisor of the internet fraud program at the Federal Trade Commission has explained that “[d]eleted text messages just sit there until they’re overwritten” and “most phone systems operate on a database, and so the data may still be there marked with a flag that says deleted.” Luehr also reiterated the point that in most circumstances in order to recover deleted text messages “you really need to have access to one or more physical devices.” Cybersecurity expert John J. it’s possible to go in there and collect them.” Moreover, Carney’s interview indicated that, in light of this emerging cell phone forensics technology, “many common methods for intentionally destroying phones do not make text messages and other data irretrievable.” “For example, shattering a device’s screen, breaking its charging ports or on-off switches, crushing it under weight, or submerging it in water are unlikely to wipe out the memory.” According to computer forensics expert and technology professor Bradley Schatz, most cell phones are “set up to avoid indiscriminately overwriting data, so if you have a lot of spare space on the drive inside your phone, which you will do on a large i Phone, then the device will use that before it writes over or erases previously used space and deleted messages.” As most practitioners generally know, when a user deletes a text message, it is almost always recoverable through the forensic process.