Carrier IQ

Carrier IQ settles class-action lawsuit over consumer privacy

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Carrier IQ settles class-action lawsuit over consumer privacy

Carrier IQ, whose software was used by carriers and phone manufacturers to collect network data, has settled a class-action lawsuit over violations of consumer privacy rights. Consumers felt that Carrier IQ's tracking was too extensive and invasive. The exact terms of the settlement have so far been undisclosed, and the settlement still needs to be finalized by the court.

How to remove Carrier IQ from your BlackBerry Smartphone

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Carrier IQ on BlackBerry 

CarrierIQ comes clean about the information collected from your phone

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Carrier IQ is at least a little more transparent about what it does 

As you know, Research In Motion does not include Carrier IQ with its phones. The company does not permit its carrier partners to install CarrierIQ on BlackBerry Smartphones. It does, however, permit you - the end user - to install the carrier monitoring software on your Smartphone. From what we've seen from T-Mobile, Carrier IQ is included with the My Account app that the user can install and give permissions to. AT&T is thought to operate in a similar manner. Even if you allow this software to be installed, is there really anything to be concerned about? Carrier IQ says no. And you know what? I believe them.

UK Networks: 'We don't use or install Carrier IQ'

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UK networks say no they don't install CarrierIQ 

Is Carrier IQ on your BlackBerry?

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The short answer is probably not; the slightly longer answer is that it could be. Last month, security researcher Trevor Eckhart did a little digging around in his Android Smartphone after seeing some curious data transfers. What he found set off a firestorm of outrage and disbelief. A program installed on the handset by or at the request of major wireless carriers has the ability to track nearly everything a user does on his or her phone.

Research In Motion responds: We don’t put CarrierIQ on BlackBerry Smartphones, carriers shouldn’t either

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RIM says no CarrierIQ pre-loaded on its Smartphones 

This post in the BlackBerry Support Forums by BlackBerry Development Advisor Mark Sohm speaks for itself. In a nut shell, BlackBerry Smartphones do not have monitoring software CarrierIQ pre-installed on them, and wireless carriers are not authorized to add the monitoring program themselves. That's not to say it's impossible for CarrierIQ to be running on a BlackBerry. If a user or a BlackBerry Enterprise Server administrator chooses to install and authorize CarrierIQ on the device, that's certainly well within their rights.

CarrierIQ was one of the hot topics in our CrackBerry Podcast today. In fact, we talked about this very announcement during the show. Replay is on its way soon.  In the meantime, we've included the full text below for your convenience.