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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This is just the beginning ...
by benali72 on Thu 1st Dec 2011 23:27 UTC
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This is just the beginning of what we can expect vendors to place on smartphones. There will be much more "helpful" crap installed on your phone in the future.

Why? The public is too dumb to know what this means or how it works against their interests, and smartphones and other "tethered devices" are consider closed, owned ecosystems by their vendors.

Did you see that some malls now track you via your cellphones as you shop? See <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/blackfriday/chi-mal....

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