The mayor himself had reauthorized a directive noting that even deleted electronic communications sent and received by government employees would be stored automatically, although the memo did not explicitly mention text messages.But even if your deleted text messages are off your carrier's server, they may not be gone forever.Everyone using PGP must have two keys — a public key and a private key.
Sprint, on the other hand, keeps messages on its server for approximately two weeks.
A court order could force a carrier to retain certain messages as part of an ongoing investigation, but it would probably be impossible to get the contents of a 2002 text message from most cell phone companies.
Eventually, of course, the deleted messages will disappear as memory is filled with new messages, photos, or videos.
(See this Explainer for more on how to delete things permanently.) Still, it isn't always easy to recover a deleted message before it's overwritten.
On Tuesday, a Michigan court released yet another batch of romantic text messages sent between Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff Christine Beatty in 20.