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- Monitoring app on millions of phones 'reads' and transmits SMS messages
- Installed as standard on U.S. phones to let networks see how customers use their phones
- Also reads every Google search Transmits data to software creator
- Company has attempted to suppress reports
The company denies that its software is designed to spy on users. An Android app developer Trevor Eckhart showed that Carrier IQ - installed as standard on phones such as HTC's handsets, many Android handsets and some BlackBerries - can 'read' what users type. Eckhart demonstrated that not only does the software 'read' every keystroke put into a phone. The software also appeared to read every text message sent to the phone.
UK mobile networks have insisted that they do not install or use Carrier IQ's smartphone diagnostics software, after privacy concerns were raised in the US over its discovery on Android phones and Apple's iPhone there. Carrier IQ has said that its software is installed on more than 141m handsets worldwide, and that its "mobile intelligence" solution "eliminates guesswork by automatically providing accurate, real-time data direct from the source – your customers' handsets". The company claims that it is unique "because we are the only company embedding diagnostic software in millions of subscribers' phones".
In the US the software appears to be installed in a large number of Android phones, apparently at the request of mobile networks. An HTC spokeswoman told the Guardian that a number of the company's Android phones in the US include it at the request of carriers there, but that no European devices have been affected. The software appears to be installed on all versions Apple's iPhone where it can, with the user's explicit permission, send anonymised diagnostic information back to Apple, for examples when apps crash. However tests by Alasdair Allan, a British programmer, found that it does not have any access to keypad input, and that the data is only sent to Apple. Owners can disable the transmission of data by turning off a setting on the iPhone.
I want society to be destroyed so badly so I can go back to living as humans were intended to.
Originally posted by metaldemon2000
I'm so sick of the invasion of privacy in this society.
Originally posted by him777
I choose not to be enslaved by technology. I didn't invent any electronic device to trust it enough to think it was made for my benefit. This assumed trust that everyone has with all his junk is ridiculous. Turn off the distractions and evolve to be yourself or become one of the controlled. Good Luckedit on 12/3/11 by him777 because: (no reason given)edit on 12/3/11 by him777 because: spelling