Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Dec 2011 23:39 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption In order to not end up with ten different posts or endless updates to the previous one, I'm using this post to assemble all the official responses from both carriers and device makers alike concerning the CarrierIQ rootkit/spyware/whatever. Update: Added official statement from HP regarding webOS (see bottom).
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carrier should not be selling the device
by Darkness on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 21:20 UTC
Darkness
Member since:
2005-08-27

I totally agree with the comment from Belgian ISP and carrier Telenet: software on handsets is more the responsibility of the phonemakers and android than the carrier.

The carrier provides a phone service and network, people should be able to use whatever (legal) phone they want, without tampering by the carrier. You don't buy your computer from your ISP, do you? Imagine the spyware they would try to shove down your throat...

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Darkness,
"...software on handsets is more the responsibility of the phonemakers and android than the carrier."

Except it's hardly the fault of the manufacturers if the carriers require the software to be loaded, or if the carriers install it themselves.

"The carrier provides a phone service and network, people should be able to use whatever (legal) phone they want, without tampering by the carrier."

Ideally yes, but consumers should be able to buy phones from the carriers with the expectation that their privacy won't be violated.

I don't know who's at fault in this case, but it could just as easily be the carriers. I'd trace back where the data is going (whoever they are) and hold them primarily accountable.

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