As we reported earlier today, Trevor Eckhart of Connecticut revealed that many Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones come bundled with software called “IQRD” developed by a company called Carrier IQ that secretly logs everything a user does on the mobile phone.
The creepy thing is that Eckhart found Carrier IQ’s software logging even personal information such as text messages and web searches, which has raised serious privacy concerns. Unfortunately, there is no way to turn off the logging in the case of Android based smartphones.
Developer and hacker chpwn had also seen references of Carrier IQ’s software in iOS, but based on his initial analysis he felt that iOS was logging information related to device’s performance and does not seem to have access to capture information such as text messages and Web searches like seen on Android based smartphones.
AllThingsD has just reported that Apple has issued a statement regarding the controversy:
We stopped supporting CarrierIQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so.
As we had mentioned earlier, while we are fine with carriers collecting information related device’s performance, Carrier IQ seems to have crossed the line by even recording key strokes on the mobile phone. So it’s good to know that Apple isn’t using Carrier’s IQ’s stealth logging software and isn’t buckling down to pressure from carriers who insist that software should be pre-installed on mobile phones.
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