Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sun 18th Dec 2011 05:12 UTC
Bugs & Viruses AT&T has told the U.S. Congress that its customers agreed to host Carrier IQ tracking software on their cellphones in their contracts. You might recall that, after the scandal over warrentless surveillance broke in 2006, AT&T quietly changed their contract for internet service to say that it -- not its customers -- owns all the customers' internet records. Those concerned about privacy might consider whether AT&T merits their trust.
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RE[3]: CarrierIQ is NOT a big deal
by zima on Sun 25th Dec 2011 23:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: CarrierIQ is NOT a big deal"
zima
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Carriers in general never do any significant number of infrastructure tools themselves (heck, they often aren't the ones actually building and maintaining their network)
It was always ~COTS; and such analysis can work also on the side of the network, which - as you say yourself - needs to actively track the state of connected devices anyway, to maintain that connection.

Curiously - many places where mobile phone networks are generally held in high regard ...somehow manage to not rely on CarrierIQ* / such style of tools. What the "network tools" provide seems more than enough (well, at least if a nicely functioning network with good coverage is the actual goal, I guess)


*working only on some smartphones, that's a great QoS... They are still a minority of phones; the radio stack runs on separate RTOS, separate ARM core (though, say, Symbian virtualizes it, not much difference), anyway; and they often have regressions of radio block design (already forgot iPhone antennagate / Brush of Death? Not "grip" - it's enough to bridge in one spot two stupidly exposed antenna sections) that should be resolved before using them as "tools" of network QoS.

Anyway, lets check out some information helpfully provided by... CarrierIQ: http://www.carrieriq.com/overview/IQInsightExperienceManager/Experi...

Features
Capture a vast array of experience data including screen transitions, button presses, service interactions and anomalies
View application and device feature usage, such as camera, music, messaging, browser and TV

Yeah right, "not espionage" / "only network QoS"... ~half of that stuff is much more than that (and the rest can be glanced on the side of network)

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