MSP drops phone app that makes texts disappear

Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan State Police has told officers to remove a phone app that keeps no record of outgoing text messages.

Col. Joseph Gasper issued the order in a memo obtained by the Detroit Free Press.

The newspaper has published stories about the use of the Signal app by high-ranking members of the department.

Text messages sent using Signal are gone without a trace once deleted, the newspaper reports. The use of Signal was recently disclosed in a lawsuit involving state police.

Critics say it can help officials dodge public records requests and frustrate attorneys during litigation.

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