[LINK] Theophanus sexual assault case and text messages

Jon Seymour jon.seymour at gmail.com
Sun Jan 25 16:18:44 AEDT 2009

The thing that I find distressing is that the only way you can get a
politician to be concerned about such issues is to charge them with


On Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 3:33 PM, Tom Koltai <tomk at unwired.com.au> wrote:
> Unfortunately the interception Act requires the storage of those
> messages by the originating carrier - I have posted some links.
> http://www.efa.org.au/Publish/efasubm-agd-tiactreview2005.html
> http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/bill/tab2004440/
> http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/bill_em/tab2004440/memo1.html
> http://www.privacy.gov.au/publications/senTIAsub.doc
> Regretably, what is not disclosed at any of the hearings is the fact
> that the Telcos store the contents of your sim cards.
> At first this was seen as a valuable service - i.e.: if you lost your
> phone - when you were issued with your new sim card - all the numbers
> magically appeared - as did the stored (saved) sms messages.
> The mobile manufacturers then introduced an option to save to phone. So
> numbers saved to phone and NOT to sim card are safe from external
> scrutiny. Unfortunately sms and mms is stored to card.
> An option is to use Yahoo/google servies to send your sms'es under a
> pseudonym.
> Tom
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: link-bounces at mailman1.anu.edu.au
>> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman1.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Jan Whitaker
>> Sent: Sunday, 25 January 2009 11:56 AM
>> To: link at anu.edu.au
>> Subject: [LINK] Theophanus sexual assault case and text messages
> <snip>
> He also says people do not realise the extent to which police can
> check text messages. "Every single text message you've sent and
> received for the last three years can be traced and I ask you a
> simple question: How many people in the world can stand the scrutiny
> of having every one of their text messages over the last three years
> examined?
> --
> Is this true without a warrant to actually capture those messages?
> Are all messages completely stored at the telco? Or is it just the
> fact that a text message was sent to/from a number and not the actual
> text content?
> Jan
> <snip>
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