Apple: Carrier IQ isn't supported in iOS 5, still on iPhone 4

Apple: Carrier IQ isn't supported in iOS 5, still on iPhone 4
This whole Carrier IQ scandal has exploded in the last day, and every carrier and manufacturer is scrambling to cover themselves from the fallout, Apple has done so by confirming that Carrier IQ is no longer supported in iOS 5.

Apple confirmed that Carrier IQ is not supported in iOS 5 and will be removed completely in a future software update. The company also said that the iPhone 4 has been the only iPhone to have the software installed, but that the software is no longer collecting any data.  Apple did say that all data collected was only after an opt-in by users, as is company policy. 

Of course, there's no guarantee that users had any idea what exactly they were opting into with Carrier IQ, but it seems almost inevitable that there will be some sort of class action lawsuit that will spring from this mess. We've already seen carriers around the world trying to explain themselves, or deny using the software, and even US Senator Al Franken contacted Carrier IQ directly for comment. There is likely to be more ahead, so stay tuned. 

source: Ars Technica

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28 Comments

1. RazaAsad

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Forwarding one's info to 3rd party even possibly all of the keystrokes - that's so unethical. What about the passwords and even credit card information? As far as signing the contract is concerned, most of us just go for "I've read the agreement and I agree". Well, I do not mind technology as long as it is not gonna infringe my privacy.

17. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Apple, Google and Rim have all said that they had no tracking software. Then it was shown they did. They all then back peddled saying that it was just for understanding their clientele. Now they say they are removing all said software. Basically, we all have been lied to repeatedly, by all programmers, manufacturers and providers. Yet, we gobble it up. Sadly, in the end it is us that are fools.. we will buy another phone and click the "i agree button" when activating and fur every app. When its a perfect world, I'll make an application to inform you all.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the implications for this are mind boggling. without a clear consent form (which if there was we would have known about this eons ago) people had no idea they were being tracked. So not only was apple tracking your every move, so was carrierIQ. Nice. So if you happen to work in a secure area and forgot to remove your phone, they could get a layout of the place by tracking your movements. Lots of reasons this is bad news. I hope the carriers and apple get the crap sued out of them.

3. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Shut it. You just hate Apple. People should only comment if you have something to contribute to the story. This is deep than Apple. Get over your self Remixfa SN: I dont care if im being tracked. If you are not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hey troll, notice how i said "carriers and apple". maybe u should read.

7. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

You are the Troll. You Troll EVERY Apple post with nothing intelligent to say. If im tired of your crap I know more people must be as well. The IQ crap was found with the HTC (not saying its their fault because i know remixfag would jump on that) I know More people are to blame but this troll got me tight. Ok im back now. : ) http://www.trustmythoughts.com/2011/12/big-brother-droid-is-watching.html

9. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

He clearly included the carriers as well as Apple in his original statement... I don't know why you got your panties in a bunch. Remix.. if you say anything all of these Apple dudes just come out of the woodwork. Change your username please. ;)

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what fun would that be, iam :) its not my fault they cant read.. lol if he had read and thought about it for 2 seconds, he might have realized that all carriers includes my own employer.. but hey, i doubt the thinking went any deeper than "its remixfa, we must blind attack!"

21. geedup

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

What about Samsung, HTC etc?

26. rcrider4

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

Right now, you are the one with nothing intelligent being said. He said exactly what he should have said. They should be sued if they don't remove thus software (or just sued anyway). He didn't mention android because this article isn't about android.

19. geedup

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Carriers Apple AND Google and Rim. You left that out. Apple did let users opt out. Google did not.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

geedup, google does not dictate what goes on their phones, they only give away the OS to manufacturers and to carriers. Like I said, when a NEXUS.. which is the only phone google directly controls... has this on it, then I will happily include google in the "they need to be sued" section. Also, there was no "opt out" of it. Its not in the privacy writing of the "opt in check marks" specifically for this app. NO ONE knew it was there until that dude found it. Google also has more opt outs than apple has ever had, which is why Apple had a tracking scandal, and google did not. Apple has authoritarian control over their devices. Carriers have no say. Google takes no control over anything thats not a nexus, carriers have ultimate final say even over manufacturers (which i think is stupid anyways). So the phrasing "Apple and the Carriers" was not only unbiased, it was correct.

24. geedup

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Please read up on Google. They have been in trouble plenty of times for collecting information. Also read up on this. Apple did provide an opt out. You're talking out your ass. Also why are you not including Samsung, HTC, Rim etc in your list of people you want to see sued?

12. monkeyfeet

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2011

"I dont care if im being tracked. If you are not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about." - This is what's wrong with society.

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yes, and no. To be honest I don't mind the idea of being tracked. If me being tracked means that more people who are doing stupid s**t are being caught, then i'm not opposed. I do agree with you that we walk a fine line between stuff like this "protecting us" and being just plain invasive, but I don't think this is necessarily what's wrong with society.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

BTW, there is such a thing called privacy. you may like being tracked, but its not about doing right or wrong, its abuot the right to privacy.

5. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm curious. Normally you're a reasonable guy who remains pretty calm in the face of contentious discussions. What happened here? For the record, even though CIQ is found on pretty much every phone sold by 3 out of the 4 carriers, it does say something that Apple, which has made the carriers its bitches, and which could dictate pretty much any terms it wants regarding software on iPhones, allowed CIQ to be installed. My annoyance is still primarily directed at the carriers themselves, as they installed this software, kept it secret, and didn't give anyone a choice as to whether they wanted it. I don't view this to be a privacy violation in the same way that, say, Facebook's multiple f**kups have occurred. However, I would have liked to know about this software beforehand.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

maybe its because since taco is on another forced vacation he feels that im not being blind auto attacked enough. who knows.

25. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I'm pretty sure "geedup" is taco.

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its taco, its only like his 5th or 6th fake account since being banned the other day. just keep reporting him and they will keep banning the new names. one day the troll will get the hint. if he hasnt earned a true permaban, he should with all these alt-name antics.

6. QuickeS1lver

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

hey remixfa did you read how this is mostly an ANDROID issue.....was only ever supported on iPhone4 and isn't even running any longer with the new OS 5 update.....

8. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

thank you Quicke

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes, it is mostly an android issue. but its not google thats putting it on there. its the manufacturers and especially the carriers as part of their bloatware suites. Apple, however retains direct control over their devices so if its on Apple, then its because apple allowed it. When you find this on a Nexus device out of the box, then I will include google in my "i hope they get sued" statement. Until then, I hope the people responcible... AKA APPLE AND THE CARRIERS get their pants sued off. you guys really need to think before you blind attack me. OI.. lol

20. geedup

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Are you seriously leaving Google out of the equation? All android phones have this also. I can't understand how you can say carriers and Apple and leave android out??? This is on every android phone. Apple let you opt out. Android didn't. Anyway if you carrier a smartphone and think you're not tracked that's being naive. Remix you may be the most biased poster on this site.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes. try reading responses and thinking about them before blind posting.

16. BReND0

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Honestly you and Iking are retarded in regards to this CarrierIQ issue..... the article states that it was used on iphone 4 and well is present in ios 5 but no longer collects data.....? you believe all that crap , cmon man......... they too were caught and wanna come out looking like the good guy, i bet they still collect data or were .........they just want the one up on android.....say theyre gonna fix it, but i doubt it...... Carrier iq or not,, data , texts and calls were always stored on servers by major carriers regardless, and both Apple and Android, knew where you were what you do

29. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"Carrier IQ isn't supported in iOS 5, still on iPhone 4" Read: We've switched to proprietary software you're less likely to find buried in our code than a 3rd party add on.

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