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: Comment by MOS6510
by NathanHill on Thu 1st Dec 2011 17:48 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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As an iOS user, I'm certainly glad that it wasn't nearly as serious a (potential) threat as on some Android devices, but it still makes me nervous.

I think taking anonymous logs and statistics is probably helpful to companies who are genuinely looking to improve their services - the thing is, I haven't noticed tons of improvement from AT&T's coverage. Maybe if these companies are collecting this kind of data, it would be helpful if they released some kind of report of how it was helping them provide better services to their customers? A little bit of transparency, maybe?

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 1st Dec 2011 19:49 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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It would be nice if you could see on a map how well their coverage is and if/when they are going to improve it if needed.

A few months ago I didn't have 3G when waiting at my son's school, but now I do. So things secretly do change, but it would be nice to know and even nicer if we could help (via auto diagnostics) and see what happens with this data.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Neolander on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 07:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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Well, in France you have a map on some carriers' website. The only problem is that it's seriously flawed for anything but basic GSM services, because in several places, phones do detect the existence of a data network but are totally unable to do anything with it.

PS : Oh, and happy birthday Thom !

Edited 2011-12-02 07:48 UTC

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