The Secret Service’s cell phones were “wiped” of all text messages…but doesn’t the cell service provider keep all texts sent over their service?

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The Secret Service’s cell phones were “wiped” of all text messages…but doesn’t the cell service provider keep all texts sent over their service?

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The messages were encrypted. So even if there is a record, the encryption key is gone (it was stored in the phone, which was erased). Without the encryption key, you can’t decrypt the message.

No, cellular providers just facilitate the transfer of data, not storage of data, and billing, mostly billing. Source: 5yrs as tier2 operations manger for Verizon.

encrypted in transit, or not. there’s a chance there’s a copy, but I don’t talk about where or how.

They don’t, no.

Texts are noted in the service provider as a Call Data Record showing the sender, recipient and date/time, but not the payload.

They were apparently sent over iMessage which bypasses the carrier outright and would leave no record with them.