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Carrier IQ

Proposed congressional bill targets Carrier IQ and other mobile tracking software

January 30th, 2012

Democratic Representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts released a draft of his cell phone privacy bill on Monday. The Mobile Device Privacy Act is designed to protect consumers from tracking software such as Carrier IQ, which caused an uproar late last year when it was discovered to be secretly monitoring 150 million smartphone users. The bill …

HTC confirms Sprint is removing Carrier IQ from devices

January 17th, 2012

Last month, Sprint disabled the controversial Carrier IQ software across all devices on the company’s network. Further reports claimed the company was instructing manufacturers to prepare updates that would remove the software completely. HTC, one such manufacturer, confirmed as much when speaking to The Verge. “HTC can confirm that we’re working with Sprint to provide maintenance releases that will remove …

Sprint: We have disabled Carrier IQ and we are no longer collecting data

December 16th, 2011

Sprint on Friday confirmed that it has disabled Carrier IQ on its servers and it is no longer actively using the software to collect diagnostic data. “We have weighed customer concerns and we have disabled use of the tool so that diagnostic information and data is no longer being collected,” a Sprint spokesperson told Mobile Burn. …

Feds launch Carrier IQ investigation

December 14th, 2011

Federal investigators have launched a probe in order to examine Carrier IQ’s smartphone software, which tracks a range of activity and sends certain data to wireless carriers without users’ knowledge. Carrier IQ executives met with officials from both the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commuission on Tuesday, The Washington Post reports. “We are complying …

FBI denies request for information on Carrier IQ

December 14th, 2011

The FBI has denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for materials about Carrier IQ, a company that has been in the spotlight recently after a security expert revealed that its software is installed on millions of smartphones. The FOIA request was sent by MuckRock and specifically asked for “manuals, documents or other written guidance …

Google chairman: We don’t work with or support Carrier IQ

December 9th, 2011

Google chairman Eric Schmidt recently explained that Google does not support or endorse Carrier IQ, the company that has been accused of secretly bugging phones with spyware capable of logging keystrokes and more. A security expert recently revealed that Carrier IQ is installed on millions of smartphones, including Android devices and the iPhone. Wireless carriers …

How to find out if Carrier IQ is installed on your phone in one tap

December 6th, 2011

Carrier IQ, the vendor and carrier-installed rootkit software pulled into the spotlight last month by security researcher Trevor Eckhart, has caused quite a stir. Carriers including AT&T and Sprint use the software as a means of collecting data logs that might help them identify and address connectivity problems and other issues, but the software’s covert …

Apple, Samsung and six more companies sued over Carrier IQ scandal

December 5th, 2011

Apple, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Carrier IQ have been sued in a federal court by what the lawyers involved have deemed a “cell phone tracking software scandal.” Law firms Sianni & Straite LLP, Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy LLP, and Keefe Bartels L.L.C. have jointly filed a class action complaint in a Delaware …