Apple: We Stopped Supporting CarrierIQ With iOS 5; Will Remove It Completely In a Future Update

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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.

What do you think? Please share your views in the comments section below.

[via AllThingsD]

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  • iOS 5

    Now let’s here from the apple fanboys who are going to believe Apple never had Carrier IQ never logged personal info like android and others have it now. Jailbreak and custom roms rulz. I love my iPhone 4sand mytouch4G.

  • Apple fanboy

    Apple never had carrier IQ as have never logged personal information! Android sucks:)

  • Ryan Phan

    So they stopped supporting it in iOS 5, how about iOS 4.x? 😐

    • David

      Or What did they replace it with? Probally something worst.

  • Dice

    Comon isnt it obvious!?…… Droid, motorola, ect were key logging thier devices to ensure that the user was not looking up info on and about the mighty iphone! And when this happens Bells, whistles & flags would go off at IQ headquarters…….. Hateing bastards!

  • Maxtor182

    If you read the article, you would know that Apple used Carrier ID to log performance data in previous versions of IOS, but they never allowed it to log personal info.

    • Apple fanboy


      • BS-Buster

        ***Cough***You know this how?***Cough***

        Oh, you don’t.

        That’s what I thought.

  • fas

    Now that is a nice move, but why did they have it in the first place?

  • Mooz

    Now, how do we know that the iphone’s don’t-send-button actually does what it says? At least – how do we know if a complete record isn’t sent should you accidentally open up for a second or two? I notice that some people are overly naive when referring to “because they say so”.