Carrier IQ and the U.S.' Escalating Privacy Risk Level

14 December 2011 Publication
Authors: Peter Vogel

E-Commerce Times

Each day, more is coming out about what Carrier IQ actually collects. Even if the actual threat level is determined to be not as high as initially thought, it still may be alarming to the millions of smartphone consumers who unwittingly provide data about their personal phone usage and Internet activities without their consent or knowledge.

It seems that every day a new crisis hits the news about our privacy, but not many news stories are as astonishing as the recent revelation by a 25-year-old researcher about the Carrier IQ software that is installed on most modern Android, BlackBerry and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) phones. Carrier IQ software collects massive data from these devices, then “correlates and aggregates the data for near real-time system monitoring and business intelligence” for phone operators and manufacturers, ostensibly to improve their services.

Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., co-chair of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking what was being done to investigate.

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