Who Owns Your Phone's Privacy? My Email Chat with Carrier IQ

Last week, some ominous news regarding the FBI's involvement with Carrier IQ surfaced. Carrier IQ, having had its fair heap of godawful press, was quick to shoot me an email clarification. What followed doesn't help its case. » 12/19/11 5:00pm 12/19/11 5:00pm

Sprint Nukes Carrier IQ

Thanking Sprint for turning off Carrier IQ's invisible spy software seems a bit like thanking someone for no longer pissing on your leg at a picnic, but, hey kudos to them for doing the right thing. Way too late. » 12/16/11 4:42pm 12/16/11 4:42pm

The Complete List of All the Phones With Carrier IQ Spyware Installed

Responding to the US Senate request lead by Senator Al Franken, AT&T, Sprint, HTC, and Samsung have sent the list of all the phones with Carrier IQ spyware installed in them. » 12/16/11 10:02am 12/16/11 10:02am

Carrier IQ Sits Down With the Feds for a Nice Long Talk

Carrier IQ execs were in DC yesterday meeting with FTC and FCC officials about its alleged spying antics. Both agencies are probing the carrier over allegations that its tracking software was installed on more than 150 million smartphones without user knowledge. » 12/14/11 4:32pm 12/14/11 4:32pm

Carrier IQ: We're Not Working with the FBI

Yesterday, we told you about a ominous denial from the FBI regarding its involvement with Carrier IQ. Today, Carrier IQ spoke to us on the matter. » 12/13/11 1:38pm 12/13/11 1:38pm

Carrier IQ Explains What It Does with Your Data

While the FBI has so far blocked FOIA attempts regarding its involvement in the Carrier IQ scandal, the embattled firm has released an expansive report detailing its data collection process and responds directly the allegations against it. » 12/13/11 4:05am 12/13/11 4:05am

The FBI Is Using Carrier IQ Information

Well, I suppose this was inevitable: the FBI, via a Freedom of Information Act request denial, inadvertently admitted to involvement with Carrier IQ. And it won't say how. » 12/12/11 5:47pm 12/12/11 5:47pm

Senator Franken Continues Taking Names in Carrier IQ Inquest—Ass…

As head of the Senate's privacy panel, Senator Al Franken has spearheaded the investigation into Carrier IQ's potential violations of multiple federal statutes. Now, he's requested AT&T, Sprint, HTC, and Samsung explain themselves as to what data, exactly, they've gathered using the program. They've until December… » 12/06/11 3:40am 12/06/11 3:40am

Carrier IQ Software May Not Record Messages But It's a Privacy Risk

According to security consultant Dan Rosenberg, the Carrier IQ spyware in his Samsung Epic 4G is not recording his text keystrokes. Rosenberg also claims that Carrier IQ cannot record SMS text bodies, emails or web page contents: » 12/05/11 7:01pm 12/05/11 7:01pm

Carrier IQ, HTC, and Samsung Sued for Millions Over Tracking

We knew lawsuits would arise over Carrier IQ. Just a day after the Senate launched an investigation into the debacle, Carrier IQ, Samsung and HTC have been nailed with class action lawsuits that could cost them hundreds of millions of dollars. » 12/02/11 9:46am 12/02/11 9:46am

How To Check If You Have Carrier IQ, Without Rooting Your Handset

Yesterday we explained how to check for Carrier IQ if you have a rooted Android handset. But people have been busy: now you can download an app from the Android Market to check if you're clean. » 12/02/11 5:30am 12/02/11 5:30am

AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile All 'Fess Up To Using Carrier IQ

While phone manufacturers have been passing the buck and Carrier IQ itself tried to deny any wrong-doing over its snooping software, in a fit of honesty three providers are openly admitting to using the spying application. » 12/02/11 4:00am 12/02/11 4:00am

Carrier IQ Speaks! And of Course It Denies All Wrongdoing

It hasn't been a good week for Carrier IQ. First a damning video apparently illustrating the extent of what information the program collects surfaces, then everything goes to shit. Now, the company is facing a Senate investigation for potentially millions of violations of privacy laws. And this is the response? » 12/02/11 12:12am 12/02/11 12:12am

Apple Ditched Carrier IQ with iOS 5

Apple's weighed in on the Carrier IQ poo-storm, and says it's basically washed its hands of the controversial rootkit with iOS 5. Post-iOS 3 software had been found to have references to Carrier IQ, but Apple says it's going to completely wipe out whatever's left in a future update. » 12/01/11 4:49pm 12/01/11 4:49pm

HTC Blames the Carriers for the Carrier IQ Spying Mess on HTC Phones

HTC has reached out to us with an official statement on why Carrier IQ aka the hidden software lurking and spying on you was on HTC phones. According to them, it's not HTC's fault at all! It's the stupid US carriers who require Carrier IQ. » 12/01/11 4:13pm 12/01/11 4:13pm

What Is Carrier IQ? (Updated)

Holy data privacy scandal! Over the last week the news that Carrier IQ has been tracking millions of smartphone users without their knowledge has ballooned into a full-blown clusternut. Carrier IQ, huh? Sounds nefarious. But what exactly does it do? And why should you care? » 12/01/11 2:52pm 12/01/11 2:52pm

Carrier IQ Gets Hit With Senate Investigation

Carrier IQ, the software that secretly records actions on many smartphones, is creepy and scary, and there's nothing you can do about it. But the U.S. Senate can, and Senator Al Franken just sent the company a nastygram. » 12/01/11 1:35pm 12/01/11 1:35pm

You Can Test Your Android For Carrier IQ (Sort Of)

Hey Android user, this Carrier IQ thing got you down? It's kinda like you got drunk and woke up next to some rando from the bar. You wonder, "What if I have Carrier IQ? Should I get tested?" Been there. » 12/01/11 10:07am 12/01/11 10:07am

These Are the Phones We're Pretty Sure Don't Have Carrier IQ (Updated)

Turns out a lot more phones that we originally thought are infected with Carrier IQ, the nothing-you-can-do-about-it rootkit that has all the tinfoil hat people crowing. But not all! Here's a list of the phones that have had hard denials from their manufacturer or carrier or have been found to be clean. » 12/01/11 9:39am 12/01/11 9:39am

Yes, Your iPhone Can Track You With Carrier IQ, Too

All hell broke loose yesterday when it was discovered that most (but not all) Android phones (and BlackBerries, and others) are recording every keystroke you make. Now, references to the same software have been discovered in Apple's iOS. But in this case, it only logs technical data and it's off by default. » 12/01/11 8:53am 12/01/11 8:53am