Privacy and cost!
by BHarris - 12/4/12 5:24 PM
If the carriers are required to retain all text messages for two years the cost of storing them would end up on our wireless bills (visible or not). Approximately 7 Trillion text messages (160 characters maximum, each) were sent in 2011. It is a quantity that only increases year-to-year. The carriers would have to increase long term/archival storage in order to meet this requirement, and provide a mechanism for managing them (content life cycle management - when to store, when to purge, indexing them for search). The cost for both would most certainly be passed on to us.