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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by grat on Thu 1st Dec 2011 14:30 UTC
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... and another reason to run CyanonogenMod.

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RE: CyanogenMod
by Jondice on Thu 1st Dec 2011 15:03 in reply to "CyanogenMod"
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Yeah, I was pretty shocked to realize this has been on my phone for nearly 14 months (HTC Evo - thanks Sprint, for charging me for 4G where I don't have it and now this!). Switching to CM 7.1 today.

Edit: Think I'll go with these guys next: Just hope they get some better phones by the time my Sprint contract is up.

Edited 2011-12-01 15:21 UTC

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RE[2]: CyanogenMod
by big_gie on Thu 1st Dec 2011 22:16 in reply to "RE: CyanogenMod"
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There isn't an app for this.

And you definitely shouldn't have to download any special apps to get on the web instead of a cellular network. It should be automatic, built-in. You just use your phone.


How can I make sure that I am connected to Wi-Fi all the time?

First, make sure you set up your phone to access the Wi-Fi networks you frequent. Your phone will remember those networks and connect to them automatically. Want to login to public hotspots? Download one of several apps available from the Android Market to automate that for you.

What a nice contradiction...

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RE[2]: CyanogenMod is clean!
by glarepate on Thu 1st Dec 2011 23:11 in reply to "RE: CyanogenMod"
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I thought it was kind of funny that everyone seems to have forgotten about Carrier IQ and what they do. Once you tunnel down below the level of current articles there is a significant amount of information about them.

This only qualifies as 'news' because smart phones have achieved such good market penetration. Carrier IQ has been doing this since at least 2008:

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RE: CyanogenMod
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 1st Dec 2011 15:59 in reply to "CyanogenMod"
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Funny thing. I actually discovered CarrierIq on my captivate a couple of months ago. I didn't know what it was doing, but saw that it had full permissions to do what ever the heck it wanted and I couldn't kill it from Android's interface. Thought about running it through my own network to analyse all of the data it was sending to see if anything suspicious was being sent, but never found the time.

I just installed CyanogenMod and left it a that. Thanks to those that aren't as lazy as myself. I hope the guilty are held responsible.

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RE: CyanogenMod
by WorknMan on Thu 1st Dec 2011 20:29 in reply to "CyanogenMod"
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... and another reason to run CyanonogenMod.

Or even better, buy a Nexus phone.

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