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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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Adam S on Thu 1st Dec 2011 16:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
Adam S
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Actually, the article is a bit misleading. It's not just that it doesn't "store" the data, it flat out doesn't have access to the UI layer, so it can't see typed text, SMS messages, URLs, passwords, etc. It's just diagnostics.

Just for clarification.

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