Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Dec 2011 22:29 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption So, this has been causing a bit of a major dungstorm - and rightly so. As it turns out, many carriers are installing a piece of non-removable privacy-invading spyware on their smartphones called CarrierIQ. It doesn't matter whether you have a webOS, Android, BlackBerry or iOS device - carriers install it on all of them. Luckily though, it would appear it really depends on your carrier - smartphones in The Netherlands, for instance, are not infested with CarrierIQ. Update: As John Gruber rightfully points out, ever so verbosely, the headline here isn't particularly well-chosen. The article makes all this clear, but the headline doesn't. It's my birthday today, so my head wasn't totally in it - my apologies! Update II: Just got a statement from an HP spokesperson: "HP does not install nor authorize its partners to embed Carrier IQ on its webOS devices."
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BlackBerry, really?
by Morgan on Thu 1st Dec 2011 12:58 UTC
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I'm surprised to learn that such a thing is on BlackBerry devices, considering RIM's position that they have the most secure hardware and software combination. The fact that they would knowingly install a rootkit at the carriers' behest is quite telling.

I'm also relieved to learn that it may not be included in Windows Phone 7 devices at this time. I say "may not" because I do know that Microsoft has their own supposedly anonymous usage tracking and feedback feature. It is opt-in which was a welcome sight, and of course I left it off. Whether it is powered by CarrierIQ, I do not know.

I do know that the Privacy Statement in the phone's Settings area is quite forthcoming about past and current privacy issues, even going into detail about issues they plan to fix with the next upgrade. That really impressed me, given Microsoft's history regarding privacy issues.

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