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Security researcher Trevor Eckhart has recently been shining light on something called Carrier IQ, a sort of "rootkit" that is embedded in a staggering array of phones, monitoring events like button presses, screen taps, text message traffic, GPS location lookups, and web traffic. Now Eckhart has taken the crucial step of putting the creepy spy software to video. His 17-minute upload captures a disturbing flow of data from his stock HTC Evo Android phone, even when he's entire logged off the cell network. Watching text messages and Google searches surreptitiously retransmitted puts to lie Carrier IQ Inc.'s claim that its software is only meant "to understand... where phone calls are dropped, where signal quality is poor, why applications crash and battery life."
n providing our products and services, Carrier IQ enables our customers to gather information on Mobile User Experiences. Carrier IQ's products were developed from inception to respect and protect user privacy and security. We have established "Best Practices" approach to privacy and security. Our products are designed and configured to work within the privacy policies of our end customers and include functions such as anonymization and encryption. When Carrier IQ's products are deployed, data gathering is done in a way where the end user is informed or involved.
With deployment on over 130 million phones globally, we have considerable experience in protecting the privacy of the end user and doing so in a highly secure manner. Information transmitted from enabled mobile devices is stored in a secure data center facility that meets or exceeds industry best practice guidelines for security policies and procedures.
Assange explained that more than 150 private organizations in 25 countries can easily track phones and intercept messages, browsing history, email accounts, phone calls and more remotely.