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Carrier IQ: Privacy Issues on Smartphones

A Smartphone Vlogger recently posted a video about a frightening discovery… Some carriers capture a good chunk of information about how you use your phone… EVEN your searches.

At Illinois Valley Cellular, we are concerned about your privacy and DO NOT install software like this to our smartphones.

Read the article from Huffpost: Carriers installing Spyware on Smartphones

Just read that RIM (BlackBerry) states that it DOES NOT include Carrier IQ in it’s products (read more here):

RIM can attest that it does not pre-install the CarrierIQ application on BlackBerry smartphones and has never done so. Furthermore, RIM does not authorize its carrier partners to install the CarrierIQ application on BlackBerry smartphones before sales or distribution and has never done so. RIM also did not develop or commission the development of the CarrierIQ application, nor is RIM involved in any way in the testing, promotion, or distribution of the CarrierIQ application.

Also, Gizmodo points out a possible SENTATE INVESTIGATION!

[I]t appears the software captures a broad swath of extremely sensitive information from users that would appear to have nothing to do with diagnostics—including who they are calling, the contents of the texts they are receiving, the contents of their searches and the websites they visit.

These actions may violate federal privacy laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This is potentially a very serious matter.

Gizmodo breaks it down like this, ” Carrier IQ is an “embedded analytics company” that serves that information up to its clients on a silver, snooping platter.”

Read this article to get more a in depth look at this full on breach of privacy between these other non-IVC carriers and their smartphone users.