- Nicholas Drost
- Scottsdale, AZ
- United States
Senior Manager - Business Operations, Information Technology
How long should cell phone companies be able to store your personal data?
After viewing Malte Spitz's "Your phone company is watching" I wanted to get a better understanding of how long some of the major cell phone carriers store private information regarding personal cell phone use. I found an article online which references one of the Justice Department's internal memos talking about data retention periods among the nation's leading cell phone providers and how they differ. (http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2011/09/retentionpolicy.pdf). My question is why is this not standard, especially across the major carriers and why should average/law abiding citizens worry about their personal cell phone privacy? I have read several articles around cell phone privacy issues and still do not understand what these carriers want exactly with all this data.