I have a confession to make: I’m a tech guy that doesn’t use a smart phone. I suppose that makes me something of a dinosaur. Today at least it feels good to be a dinosaur….
The article below discusses a software service known as Carrier IQ that resides on the majority of Andoird phones. The service is supposed to help the carriers manage their networks. This video linked in the article clearly shows that it does far more than that!
“If you have any decently modern Android phone, everything you do is being recorded by hidden software lurking inside. It even circumvents web encryption and grabs everything—including your passwords and Google queries.
Worse: it’s the handset manufacturers and the carriers who—in the name of “making your user experience better”—install this software without any way for you to opt-out. This video, recorded by 25-year-old Android developer Trevor Eckhart, shows how it works. This is bad. Really bad.”
If you place any value whatsoever on your privacy you should be outraged. If you are the unfortunate user of a phone with the CIQ software I suggest you turn it off immediately and then start complaining very loudly to whoever sold you the phone, your wireless carrier, and most of all your elected representatives!
Update December 18, 2011
If you’re wondering if your phone or carrier was affected by CarrierIQ, here’s the list of affected carriers and phones:
Sprint made this announcement yesterday:
Even though Sprint has disabled it, the fact that CarrierIQ is installed on so many phones leads me to wonder how long it will be before hackers figure out a way to take advantage of it? In that light I would consider any phone with CarrierIQ to be compromised.