Is your phone watching you’re every move?
Carrier IQ has created Software that tracks every keystroke, accesses text messages and other data used on personal cellphones. The user has no control over this app and cannot uninstall. Would this be considered a privacy issue?
The following information on the software should cause concern:
-The software is hidden, almost impossible to know if it’s there
-It has been reported the software is currently exists on millions of handsets, including Android and some versions of iPhone
-The software is not opt-in, so without the user’s approval the software can gather data from the cellphone
Carrier IQ, has expressed the software is not following your every keystroke that the company uses the software to count and summarize performance on the carrier.
Trevor Eckhart was the first to point out that Carrier IQ is indeed logging every keystroke. He was sent cease and desist letter by Carrier IQ. This letter caused the Electronic Frontier Federation (EFF) to come to the defense of Trevor. Carrier IQ backed off and apologized.
Watch a video posted on you tube by Trevor Eckhart on the Carrier IQ. You tube video
Is this software on your phone?
Carrier IQ is running on 141 million devices in the U.S. Some of the major companies that are using Carrier IQ would be the following. Sprint and AT&T have confirmed that they use this software. T-Mobile spokesperson wrote, “T-Mobile utilizes the Carrier IQ diagnostic tool to troubleshoot device and network performance with the goal of enhancing network reliability and our customers’ experience. T-Mobile does not use this diagnostic tool to obtain the content of text, email or voice messages, or the specific destinations of a customers’ internet activity, nor is the tool used for marketing purposes.” Verizon has stated they do not use Carrier IQ
On the manufacturer side, both RIM and Nokia made statements that said it doesn’t install or authorize its carrier partners to install Carrier IQ on phones. Nokia similarly denied installing Carrier IQ on its products. If you’re an iPhone owner, Apple told AllThingsD that it removed Carrier IQ “in most of its products” when it released iOS 5, with plans to remove it completely in future software update.
How to get rid of Carrier IQ!
If you have an Android phone, you can find out whether or not Carrier IQ is installed by using Eckhart’s Logging Test App , and you can use the app to remove the software for the cost of a dollar. The app requires rooting your phone so proceed with caution and be warned: This may not always be successful.
iPhone carriers, if you want to be a 100% sure the software absent from your phone. TechCrunch suggest open settings, go to “Diagnostics & Usage,” and select “Don’t Send.”