AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, HTC respond to Senator's Carrier IQ request

By Leeky
Dec 20, 2011
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  1. Several handset manufacturers and wireless carriers have responded to a request from Senator Al Franken for more information regarding the use of Carrier IQ's software. Turns out, the software is…

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  2. oh dear...
  3. lchu12

    lchu12 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 199   +9

    To fall off the grid....I guess the first thing is to ditch your smartphone.
  4. What big deal after all .. I guess this is only one tiny thing we (now) know about it. How many waits to be discovered?
  5. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,648   +51

    Whats really annoying is that now some of them know we know they are taking it off their phones. Oh we got caught woops. However they face no penalties, I guess our privacy isn't protected by any laws.
  6. I think the only reason Sprint is disabling, it is for PR. they are trying to get folks to come over from AT&T. NOTE: They said disable, not remove. They can turn it back on at any time.
    Also the software is simply diagnostics. I know lots of screaming and yelling and freaking out of a video, which if you are technically inclined if fake for all intense and purposes. The "security researcher" if you want to call him that works for a company called Telogis. I hear they are trying to get up to the race with Carrier IQ. What better way than to get the leader shut down and you quietly slip into the vacuum that is left behind. If you don't believe me check out the bloggers linked in profile.
    I think he was asked to do this as corporate espionage, and then they will control it all. Al bet a little differently.
  7. Regardless of the nature, it is gathering information. If you liken that to a survey or anything similar, permission is still needed. You have to be willing to give your information. The problem with today's companies is the under-handed actions used against their own customers to give them the advantage against their competitors. If they would have "asked" the customer to be a participant, I'm sure there would be less of a stink. However, that is not the case, and many other companies, like Carrier IQ are creating and using more and more controverisal marketing tactics that invade their customers privacy under their nose and without their expressed permission. That's what the problem is. It's the PRINCIPLE of the program and not the program itself. Just like if someone took 25 cents from you. It's a neglible amount, but you would still be upset because they took from your without your permission. I'm sure if they asked you would have gave them a dollar. Or in this case permission to use your information to better their software algorithims. However, they didn't ask, and they are not the only ones employing controversial marketing techniques that dive deeper and deeper into your personal lives and extract personal information, ie. Credit Card numbers, personal passwords, etc that could be harmful if any member on the receiving end decided to use it as blackmail, especially against corporate entities that may have the software running on their corporate phones. No one was even given the option to opt-out or opt-in.
  8. The problem with corporate entities is that they're headed by filth-rich retards. If any of them had half of a clue of today's technological world, they would have seen the security threats it poses on their companies, especially health care entities that transfer federally-protected health-care information via. Smart-Devices created and serviced by these companies. Even that information can be picked up by Carrier IQ. If they had half a clue, they would have tried to cover their own butts and brought suit against all of these telecommunication companies for putting their patient's information and their businesses at risk.


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