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I have Sprint mobile broadband, and earlier today my dad told me, "I have a feeling you've been sneaking on the computer late at night and talking with people on the internet. I have your chat logs" or something along those lines. So I was just wondering if there's any way my cell phone company could send him a log of what I do on the computer/internet, or if he really can read my IM chats. (I used MSN.)

Thanks in advance to anyone who answers this.
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If you log your chats, then they're saved on your computer. As for what Sprint does, I would never assume that anything you transmit over the internet is completely private and confidential. It's unencrypted messages, and likely stored on servers somewhere. That doesn't mean people are reading it, nor does it mean your father can get it. I doubt Sprint would release those kind of details without a subpoena. However, there may be usage data your dad can get from Sprint that would let him know when you're active. Speaking as a parent of a teen, it sounds like there's some trust issues going on between you. If your dad doesn't trust you, maybe you need to earn that trust. It doesn't sound like you're doing that, if you're going on the internet at night against his wishes. if you weren't doing that, you wouldn't be here asking these questions and you would have nothing to worry about.
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If you log your chats, then they're saved on your computer. As for what Sprint does, I would never assume that anything you transmit over the internet is completely private and confidential. It's unencrypted messages, and likely stored on servers somewhere. That doesn't mean people are reading it, nor does it mean your father can get it. I doubt Sprint would release those kind of details without a subpoena. However, there may be usage data your dad can get from Sprint that would let him know when you're active. Speaking as a parent of a teen, it sounds like there's some trust issues going on between you. If your dad doesn't trust you, maybe you need to earn that trust. It doesn't sound like you're doing that, if you're going on the internet at night against his wishes. if you weren't doing that, you wouldn't be here asking these questions and you would have nothing to worry about.

Yeah, I just contacted a Sprint Agent and I was told that that information isn't available.
Thank you for replying. =]

And no, there aren't trust issues. My dad is just very nosy, and he knows I get on late at night when I can't sleep well. So I guess he just wants to know what exactly I'm doing when I DO get on.
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