Carrier IQ under investigation by Federal oversight commissions

Carrier IQ under investigation by Federal oversight commissions
While some of the recent information on Carrier IQ suggests that the data-collecting software isn’t quite as malicious as originally made out, it is none-the-less getting even more regulatory scrutiny as word has arrived that both the FCC and the FTC are investigating Carrier IQ for potential privacy violations and “unfair or deceptive” practices towards consumers.

Although official spokespersons for both agencies declined to officially confirm or deny the investigations, FTC officials confirmed the probe anonymously, and a Carrier IQ spokeswoman said that Carrier IQ executives had met with federal investigators from both commissions.

Mira Woods, a member of Carrier IQ’s marketing communications department, indicated that “We are complying with all investigations at this time as we have nothing to hide,” adding, “We have been completely transparent through this process.”

Carrier IQ has been receiving heat since security researcher Trevor Eckhart revealed the extent of information that Carrier IQ’s software can track and report to carriers. Carrier IQ initially denied many of those charges, especially the ability to log keystrokes, but has since admitted that because the software takes note of such interactions that it’s possible that this sort of information could be recorded “on accident”.

One thing is clear: all of the attention being placed on Carrier IQ and the mobile networks is unlikely to go away any time soon.  And in all probability, that’s a good thing for consumers.

source: Thew Washington Post via The Verge

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5 Comments

1. jrodriguezpr

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I HOPE THEY GO DOWN!

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

They could have avoided all of the misery they are going to be in if they made the tracking optional where the user chose whether to turn it on or off. What arrogance.

3. GeekMovement unregistered

How about we shut Carrier IQ down whether or not they're malicious they're more annoying than anything else and so the FCC and the FTC can go investigate more important issues.

4. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Feds want to know: How the hell did you guys let yourselves get caught?! This ruins everything. Now I have to prosecute you.

5. fraydoe

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

I don't see what the big deal is. It's not like they are telling your family and friends your biggest secret, and it's not like anyone you know can just call Carrier IQ to access your phone and know exactly what your doing. It seems to me that if your so concerned about this issue, your probably hiding a lot of stuff your not supposed to do. I believe Carrier IQ is simply taking this information to better products tuned to our wants and needs. I have no problem with it.

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