Carrier IQ: The Story so Far

Sean Hollister:

Carrier IQ provides telemetry to cellular carriers and manufacturers, and according to the company itself, its software is pre-installed on over 141 million phones. Now, a security researcher claims that the same software is monitoring every single key you press on your smartphone, reading your SMS, and logging much of the personal data you transmit, too — all with an app that you can't remove.

The Verge has in depth, updating coverage of today's unfolding Carrier IQ scandal. While it may not be receiving as much attention as the iOS "LocationGate" issues of 2010, the extent of Carrier IQ's privacy intrusions may well prove to be astounding. Affecting Android, Blackberry, and Nokia phones, amongst others, Carrier IQ's reach is extensive, and truly alarming for the modern consumer.

More to follow.