A new and alarming news has come to light from an Android developer, Trevor Eckhart. This news will likely shock you if you are an Android, iPhone, BlackBerry Or Nokia Phone user.
As this hacker shows in a video, everything we do, ranging from pressing the home button to browsing on the web(Wi-fi or other means) is tracked through an app named Carrier IQ. This app comes pre-installed in the above listed phones, and their is certainly no way to stop it from tracking your doings.
Check out the video embedded below from Trevor Eckhart, who shows the information this app sends as your perform even a simple task such as locking and unlocking your phone.
As shown above in the video by Trevor Eckhart, Carrier IQ tracks every little thing you do on your smartphone and it is not even displayed in the list of running apps on your phone. So that is pretty shocking.
As reported by Gizmodo, the worst thing about it is that,
It’s the handset manufacturers and the carriers who—in the name of “making your user experience better”—install this software without any way for you to opt-out
This tracking or spying software as you may say, is developed by a company named Carrier IQ. According to their site,
The only embedded analytics company to support millions of devices simultaneously, we give Wireless Carriers and Handset Manufacturers unprecedented insight into their customers’ mobile experience.
Victims Of Carrier IQ:
As we mentioned above, this software is installed in Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and iPhone as well. But according to hackers, Carrier IQ in iPhone only works in diagnostic mode—off by default—and only logs technical data. So people using iPhone are at least have a choice of opting out of this.
It would have been okay if their was at least an option for uninstalling this or even turning this off, but as Eckhart and other hackers claim, their is no way(yet) to opt out of this.
Nokia is now claiming that CarrierIQ does not ship products for any Nokia devices, and says that these reports are false, but we have no confirmation of whether they are right or not. While their has been no response from other manufacturers.
Apple has just confirmed via a statement on All Things D that, Carrier IQ was indeed present in older versions of iOS but they abandoned it for iOS 5.
Check out their official statement given below,
We stopped supporting Carrier IQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so.
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