Carrier IQ tracking turns into wiretapping suit
With concerns of privacy, Carrier IQ has received more attention in the past several weeks, and now turning into a wiretapping suit against Samsung and HTC. With class action lawsuits being filed in Chicago and St. Louis seeking millions of dollars, Carrier IQ still maintains its innocent’s claiming the software is only on phones to help the carriers improve upon its network–which many beg to differ.
The video below shows this to be quite the opposite by demonstrating the software recording keystrokes. It certainly makes you wonder who’s doing what on our mobile devices, and who might be benefiting from the information gathered.
iPhone users can disable Carrier IQ by going into their device and selecting General>>Diagnostics & Usage and then swiped down to the bottom of the pane and select “Don’t Send“. In a statement by Apple the Carrier IQ is not ”on all devices,” containing iOS 5, but did not mention which mobile devices. If you do not see the setting mentioned, then it is ‘supposedly’ not on your iPhone.
Full details of the class-action lawsuit can be found here.
Hagens Berman has filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit claiming that smartphone manufacturers HTC Corporation (TWSE: 2498), HTC America, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (KSE: 005930.KS) use software developed by Carrier IQ, Inc. (“CIQ”) that illegally intercepts incoming text messages and captures users’ key strokes—including those used to compose email and text messages or to dial numbers—without consumers’ knowledge or permission.
In mid-November, software developer Trevor Eckhart published a video blog illustrating the operation of the CIQ software recording keystrokes, including information sent to secure websites using HTTPS security protocols used in e-commerce and other security-sensitive sites.