Android users: Are you worried about the Carrier IQ data logging issue?
Do you use an affected device (Android, Nokia, BlackBerry)? What are your thoughts on this issue? Will it drive you to root your phone?
From Wired: Though the software is installed on most modern Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones, Carrier IQ was virtually unknown until 25-year-old Trevor Eckhart of Connecticut analyzed its workings, revealing that the software secretly chronicles a user’s phone experience — ostensibly so carriers and phone manufacturers can do quality control.
And whatever the vendor says about that - I'm sure they'll weasel out of it by saying "oh, we made an error in our original code" etc, it lays absolutely out in the open their attitude to user privacy.
I say class-action these effs into oblivion.I'm off to fetch my pitchfork and blazing torch.
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I don't think this will be taken very lightly, I think it'll be one more thing to add to the pile pushing for data privacy laws.
So no, I'm not worried about it because I've only ever owned plain vanilla Android phones and my next phone will the the Galaxy Nexus. If Samsung or Verizon puts Carrier IQ on that device, I'm going to be pissed.
There is the part of me that just doesn't care about this stuff anymore because I'm convinced in some way shape or form it's already happening with the services we use every day. Take Google for example, their whole ad service is pushed by targeting their ads towards a users browsing & search habits.
On another note, according to The Verge, the Google Experience Devices (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom, etc...) do not come with CarrierIQ: www.theverge.com/2011/12/1/2602313/google-nexus-an...
I have always used my phones as if they aren't secure and have always figured that the data is being tracked in one way or another. It doesn't really bother me because it's not hurting me. I'm honestly not sure if that means I am apathetic but I'm also not sure what harm could be done to me via any data captured from my phone. I do not use it to make purchases or to access secure areas related to my personal finances or my job.
I'm going to have to take the position of a fence sitter and hope I don't end up chaffing.
Everything does point to uber-sketchiness though at this stage.
Plus, it should be highlighted that the CarrierIQ bits are only present in devices where the carrier has requested it. AFAIK, the CarrierIQ bits are not present in any unlocked device, or any device not sold by a carrier.
I tried loading the software that allows you to check if carrier iq is on your device and at least Verizon wireless is blocking the download. Before this situation came up I never considered rooting my phone and I'm not sure if you can root a verizon wireless cdma phone.
- Carrier IQ detector by Lookout Labs https://market.android.com/details?id=com.lookout....
- Voodoo Carrier IQ detector by supercurio https://market.android.com/details?id=org.projectv...
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